Congratulations to Mia Tracey (9King) who recently won the 13-16 years category in a Dancing in Lockdown competition run by the National Association of Teachers of Dance.
Dancers were asked to send in their artistic impressions of their dance experiences during lockdown through the medium of photos, drawings, poems, stories, a piece of writing, a poster or a collage. This is Mia’s winning poem:
The world was in chaos,
Social distancing, masks and lockdowns invaded our lives,
When would we return to normality?
When would this all end?
School and dance became virtual and we had to adapt,
Bright smiling faces appeared on zoom meets,
Encouraging one another that we were doing our best,
That we would soon be back in the studio.
But until then we would continue to dance,
Whether it be in our kitchen, living room or bedroom,
We would embrace what we could,
And we would fight to dance.
Dance was an escape from our new reality,
A way of coping with the horrors surrounding us,
A way of seeing people outside of our ‘bubbles’,
A way to express our deepest emotions.
Dance has always been a way to express who we truly are,
And it will continue to be so,
No matter how awful the world is there will always be dance,
And as long as even one person wants to dance,
There will always be hope.