Student Spotlight: Bailey Barnum
Bailey Barnum, a 15-year-old sophomore at Colorado Online Virtual Academy, has been dancing since she was just 18 months old, and she hasn’t stopped since. She has recently also found a passion for acting and theater, and she said she can’t imagine life without performing.
Barnum shared with the Post Independent how she got her start in dance, what her favorite style of dance is and where performing fits in her future.
Post Independent: When did you start dancing, and why?
Bailey Barnum: I started taking dance classes at the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts because of my older sister, Bella. When I was 18 months old I would stand off to the side of her ballet classes and try to do everything she was doing. Her teacher noticed me and talked to my mom about signing me up. My mom signed me up for a ballet class, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
PI: What kinds of dance have you studied?
BB: I’ve taken all of the usual classes including jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, contemporary and ballet, as well as some other genres that aren’t as well-known like clogging, belly dance, hula and aerial. Out of all of these, my absolute favorite genre is tap. There’s something so exhilarating about putting on a pair of shoes and being able to create music.
PI: You’re also a singer and actress, right?
BB: Yes, I am. I had always been interested in theater, but the first person to give me a real push toward it was Jennetta Howell. She invited me to audition for her summer camp in 2011, and I fell in love with the rush acting gave me.
PI: What’s been your favorite theater experience so far?
BB: My favorite role I’ve played so far was the title role in “Peter Pan Jr.” last summer. They were able to set up a fly rig for me so I could fly around the stage. I got to take flying lessons and everything! It was so much fun.
PI: Do you see dance in your future?
BB: I definitely see this as a career. Performing is my passion; I don’t think I’ll ever stop. They’ll have to wheel me off stages in a wheelchair! In addition to actually being on stage, I love teaching dance. There’s nothing more wonderful than seeing a child’s eyes light up when they perfect a move they’ve been working on. It’s even more rewarding for me because I remember when I was their age. My teachers inspired me, and I want to do the same for my students.
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