Today, May 5, 2017, is my last day of dance classes with the USF Dance in Paris Semester Program. This semester has flown by, and I have taken in every single moment of it. Though today will be my last time walking into Micadanse studios as an undergrad student, I can’t help but smile when I think of everything I have learned as well as the professionals I have learned from in those studios. Paris has been my home for the past four months, and Micadanse studios is one of the bits of home that I will forever remember in that it has significantly impacted my life as an artist. Stay tuned for my reflection blog post upon returning to the U.S. where I will go more in depth about my experience in Paris!
Dancing in “The City of Art” (PARIS) has opened my eyes to the infinite amounts of inspiration I can receive through not only other artists, but also other forms of art. Visiting museums such as the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay, hearing musicians play and sing anywhere in the city (including on the metro), simply seeing posters of dance performances hung throughout the city have all given me a larger appreciation for the arts. Because the United States was founded as a Democracy, I feel that the arts are of less appreciation as compared to Europe where there is a history of court-life and emphasis on aesthetics. My goal upon returning to America is to share my appreciation for all arts so that others have a greater opportunity to see beauty in art.
Here are a few photos of me sharing my passion for dance in the beautiful Luxembourg Gardens of Paris.