This month’s spotlight shines on eleven year old Abby Brown. Abby belongs to Utah Dance Artists owned by Brooke Maxwell located in both South Jordan and Draper, Utah. Abby credits dance for bridging the language barrier she experienced during her year living in Costa Rica and creating leadership skills that will last a lifetime.
Abby began dancing at only age three and quickly found her passion. She says dance feels like her second home and her studio helps her feel comfortable and loved.
Though Abby is young, she serves as a leader in her studio spending two hours a week assistant dance teaching. When a teacher in Abby’s studio experienced an injury, Abby was asked to step in to help teach two preschool aged classes on top of assistant dance teaching and her own daily dance classes. All together, she was spending a total of six and a half hours of dance each day.
Abby adds, “Working so hard in one day taught me that the only way I could do it was through a good attitude. I also found out that I became a better dance through teaching so much. Teaching and dancing so much in one day enhanced me and taught me to have a good attitude. “
When Abby’s family moved to Costa Rica for a year, she felt lost and misunderstood not knowing fluent Spanish. Though Abby could not understand the language, she relied on dance to communicate and make connections. “Everybody speaks Spanish there so I didn’t know what was going on around me, but I found I understood dance there! Dance does not have a language so it unites people, I made friends through just dancing.”
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Abby’s Encouragement for Other Dancers:
Work as hard as you can to reach your goals
When class is tough, remember how cool the dance will look
Remember the fun feeling performing gives you