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Student expresses himself through lifelong passion for dance

The feeling of butterflies, all the eyes that he can feel. Bachata begins to play, the adrenaline kicks in, hips begin moving to the beat. Juan Hernandez (DIV 904) begins to dance.

Hernandez’s passion for dance began at the age of five, but he wasn’t able to continue on with it.

“Since I was small, I wanted to be on a professional dance team. I couldn’t because my parents wanted me to be in [Tae Kwon Do], so I never got the chance,” he said.

Hernandez said that his parents did not accept his interest in dance because they did not view it as an extracurricular activity. Instead, they viewed it as a lifetime career choice.
Hernandez joined the Latinos Juntos Dance Team his sophomore year and has been on the dance team for almost a year. Through his renewed interest in dancing, Hernandez discovered dance to be a form of expression and a way to escape.

Hernandez has become more confident because of dance. “Being on stage gives me butterflies in my stomach because I don’t know what other people are going to say about me.”

Hernandez cared about what other people said until he got to the stage and danced.
“There is no right or wrong way to dance, no limits,” he said.