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I am currently knee-deep in writing my final research paper. This will mark the end of my first semester of LEAP. As the topic of my paper is slightly personal, I won’t get into the depths of its content. However, it definitely has my mind spinning lately. To skim the surface, my topic involves anxiety experienced by dancers in the audition process. I dove into my research from all angles: clinical/chemical actions of the brain, physicality of symptoms, and techniques used to cope with this anxiety. I’ve unearthed some interesting information. As I poured through medical and science journals, I found myself going a bit cross-eyed over all of the technical jargon. But, what I found surprising was the lack of dance related articles; I found absolutely nothing. There was a large variety of data pertaining to musicians and actors, but nothing for dancers. Curious.

Am I a nerd for loving this process? The endless hours of writing and researching; staring intently at my computer screen. Why can’t ‘student’ be a profession?

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.