9 Effective Ensemble Member Qualities~

  1. Risk Taker (willing to be open-minded to new things/ideas)
  2. Positive and Energetic (have a good attitude towards everything)
  3. Aware and in Control (observe how your actions impact other people)
  4. Focused (concentrate on what you’re doing)
  5. Active Listener (find out how you can cooperate with other people’s ideas into yours)
  6. Cooperative and Collaborative (work alongside your peers)
  7. Efficient (use your time wisely)
  8. Leaders & Followers (know when it is your turn to step up or step back)
  9. Positively Critical & able to act on that criticism (constructive criticism/positive feedback)

I would really love to work on being a risk-taker and being a leader and follower. I want to work on being a risk-taker as sometimes especially in drama class I won’t push myself, or I just stay in my comfort zone. I feel as I should challenge myself more and take more risks. I also would like if I can work on my leading and following skills because sometimes I also feel as I’ll always lead, or I’ll always follow, not both.

My First Theatrical Experience :)

My first type of theatrical experience I’ve ever had was a dance recital when I first started to dance. It was the year 2017 when On Pointe produced the show “Mary Poppins”. It was my first year I had ever tried doing Jazz, with only having the experience of doing ballet and gymnastics beforehand. I was in the sixth grade and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. In class, we learned the showpiece that we were going to perform that was called “Super Cali” short for a famous saying “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”.

Show day. I drew on my stage makeup, the intricate handwork as I stuck on my fake eyelashes, putting on my bright red lipstick. Little did I know it was going to be the start of my dance career, although I had butterflies in my stomach, anxiously waiting for my time on stage to come. So many months of preparation for a 3-minute dance, we had all worked so hard for this moment. I got dressed as I started to put my multicolored long-sleeved dress on, that was covered in sparkles, I shone like a star.

Backstage I had to help out with the little kiddos. I vividly remembered right before our dance was about to go on stage, one of the 5-year-olds really needed to pee, but at the same time, she also had to go perform. So, what ended up happening was that she peed right in the center of the stage. There was no time to clean it up until the intermission, therefore some of my friends who were in the dance as I, had to dance directly in the fresh pee. It was disgusting, but don’t worry they showered and cleaned up after.

The feeling of the audience members clapping and cheering you on right after you’d finish your dance is such an unforgettable moment. It felt so good to finally be relieved and done with everything, all the stress was just gone in seconds. All the On Pointe teachers finished their final speeches and I finally got to go home late at night. I was tired, but it was so worth it.

From then on I have continued to dance 3 years later, and I love it. It was one of the best decisions of my life although COVID has impacted it lots. On Pointe will be having their annual production in March, as we are doing “Cinderella”. The road here hasn’t been the easiest, but it definitely made me grow as a person and had made me stronger overall.

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