Name: Remi FiGart
Title: Miss Apple Blossom Outstanding Teen
“LIFT” – LOVE IS FOR TODAY
Dance is an art form that allows for expression through movement. I have been very fortunate to have been afforded the opportunity to dance since I was three years. It is through dance that I find confidence, poise and friendship. As a competitive dancer, I have learned from mentors, role models and leaders in the field. My experience with dance has taught me tenacity and grace and instilled in me the qualities that embody those of Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen.
While I do enjoy the accomplishments and accolades that I work for through dance, it is also through my platform, ”LIFT” – LOVE IS FOR TODAY, that I also find a great sense of inspiration and pride. I have the opportunity to help physically challenged children experience the freedom of dance. As an active volunteer at my dance studio, I participate in a weekly class that allows me to work one-on-one with a student who needs assistance with movement. During our time together, I assist my partner in learning and executing a choreographed routine. Dancing helps with a sense of body awareness while developing confidence and social skills. Here students can interact with others of like needs, in a non-judgmental setting. Dance allows creative expression while stimulating their intellect while providing exercise, and let’s not forget FUN! It is during this time, that skilled dancers and those with physical obstacles come together, share a common interest and build a bond from which both dancers grow, learn and benefit.
It is my goal to raise awareness through “LIFT” the benefits of dance for physically challenged children. I will partner with area media outlets, community service organizations and area schools to showcase their talent and how increased mobility and confidence is given to each participant while dancing. I am positive that the advantages of the program will prove not to be only interesting but an inspiration to others. I will dispel the misconception that children with disabilities are limited. They will benefit from increased muscle coordination and balance while enjoying themselves in an accepting and nurturing atmosphere. I want people to learn that our dance partners can experience the freedom of movement and expression through dance just like dancers who train for years to perfect their craft. While the obstacles are different the goals are much the same.
As a teen, I understand the importance of serving as a positive role model to my peer group and those with whom I make connections. My ability to promote “LIFT” helps youth to understand, accept diversity, and the potential these young folks possess. I welcome the challenge of hard work and strengthening our communities while serving as a representative promoting love, understanding and acceptance for all. Dance is an outlet in which I can best connect and model this behavior. I look forward to involving my state of Virginia in this effort.