Grace Bartunek is an 18-year-old dancer from Fargo, North Dakota. She dances at the North Dakota Academy of Dance.
“Dance allows me to showcase my individuality in a way that no other form can.”
How does dance have a positive impact on your life?
“Dance allows me to showcase my individuality in a way that no other form can. I try not to reuse a dance movement when I improv. This creates a unique routine while keeping me on my toes, literally and figuratively. I feel that I can express my emotions through my abstract movements. It’s far easier to express how I’m feeling rather than say how I’m feeling. Dance allows me to show true and raw emotions.“
How do you want to use dance to make a positive influence on your community?
“If I can show an audience a controversial topic in a way that makes it easier to understand the emotions behind it, I feel that I have made a positive impact. I want to bring up historical events that changed the pathway of the future to educate the audience. Through dance, I feel that I can make difficult issues and past events easier to understand for younger audiences.“