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As of 10:30am this morning, I officially completed my first semester of LEAP. With some difficulty, because I feel like I am never done editing, I handed in my 10-page final research paper. Actually, I thought I had finished the paper yesterday morning. Then, yesterday afternoon, I visited the American Museum of Natural History. One of the museum’s current special exhibits is on the human brain – “Brain: The Inside Story.” For those of you who are not aware, my research paper topic covered anxiety experienced by dancers during the audition process. As my friend Erin and I walked into the first open area of the exhibit, we came across a video demonstration of the brain at work. In this video, the example being used was a dancer about to audition for Julliard. WHAT! I had to stop, sit down, and take notes. This was the first dance-related piece of research I came across. Of course, this meant I had to go home and begin reworking my entire paper. At last, after much last minute tweaking, I completed my final draft this morning and handed it in. Thus, marking the end of LEAP semester numero uno. I can’t wait to dive into Dance History and Kinesiology in the spring. Bachelor of Arts . . . here I come!

In the meantime, if you are looking for a way to fill any given afternoon, I recommend the brain exhibit at AMNH.

Written by Stephanie Wolf

Stephanie Wolf

An Atlanta native, Stephanie Wolf has performed professionally with the Minnesota Ballet, James Sewell Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, and Wonderbound (formerly Ballet Nouveau Colorado). She has a BA in Liberal Studies from St. Mary’s College of California. Her writing has been published in national and regional media outlets, including Dance Informa, Indianapolis Star, and the Twin Cities Daily Planet. Currently, Stephanie lives in Denver, where she is a public radio producer and reporter. She loves bluegrass, cooking, Netflix, and owls.