Makenna Lane is an 18-year-old dancer from Lafayette, Indiana. She dances at Turning Pointe Academy.

“Dancing gives me so much joy and love and helps me tremendously when I am feeling down.”

How does dance have a positive impact on your life?

Dance has taught me how to open up and express myself through movement. It helps me communicate many different emotions and allows me to tell a story. Dancing gives me so much joy and love and helps me tremendously when I am feeling down. The wonder and excitement I feel while performing on stage will stay with me forever.

How do you want to use dance to be a positive influence on your community?

I would teach more dance classes to younger dancers around my community. And share with them my passion and joy for dance, as well as teach them new choreography and technique so they can learn and grow as a dancer. I would love to inspire them to be the best they can be and help them learn to relax and express themselves in front of an audience. I would also love to coach them to be confident in not only their dancing but who they are as a person. To help them be comfortable with themselves and with those around them.

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