I always wanted to change the world and even now, I still do. I was not the most popular kid in school, nor the most liked; I was mostly bullied. But despite that experience, I wanted to make a difference in the world and help others benefit from it. I began a dance club in order for kids to be a part of a new world...something that they had not experienced.
The club was not just to dance, but to make it a part of kids’ lives. I want them to see that even though life is tough, dreams are still possible. I live my dream and hope to inspire others to work toward their dreams, no matter what the odds are.
I was a 4th grader when I was first bullied; it was a horrible experience that left me traumatized. After that, the bullying continued without end, and I did not understand why this happened to me. From pushing, to spitting, to throwing my stuff in the trash, their bullying came without provocation. I thought there was no hope for me and the torture would follow me each year, but in 8th grade everything changed. I discovered the world of dance.
Originally, I started because my older brother and sister were great dancers, and my competitive spirit took over. I joined a dance crew, which gained me respect from other people, but also I found something that allowed me to be free from everything that was going on. The hip hop styles of popping allowed me to express myself in ways I had never thought were possible. Things seemed to improve in the areas of friendship, and it changed my entire outlook on life; especially in school. I had the opportunity to attend Williams Preparatory, a place where I found the true meanings of friendship and where I was embraced for my dancing. I then came up with idea to create a dance club.
The dance club was always meant for kids to learn something new and at the same time, expose them to the world of dance. Many kids enjoyed the club and learned unique styles of dance that they’d never been shown. Hip hop was one of the styles the kids enjoyed the most, since with hip hop you’re able to move the body in ways that would never dream of moving them. For example, bone-breaking is a style of hip hop in when all your bones are stretched and become flexible, allowing you to do all sorts of things with you arms. The kids seemed to have fun because this was a place free of worry and where they could express themselves in a healthy way.
So many kids in the world need an activity in order to be free and happy. Every day I remind myself of this: What you expect is not what you may get, but if you keep on searching in the tunnel of life, something will trigger your destiny and the rest of your life from here on. Never lose hope... even when it seems very dim. And always remember to dream, believe, and inspire.