Hard work to prepare for local dance festival

Lisa Goudy
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Jessica Froehlich rehearses one of her dances for the Moose Jaw Festival of Dance.

By Lisa Goudy

Dancing is a way for Jessica Froehlich to discover herself.

“You kind of got to go to that place where you can be alone and find yourself so that you can let people relate to you. So I think that’s what makes for the best dancing,” said 15-year-old Froehlich, a dancer at Dance Images by BJ since she was six. “If you just go on stage and dance and smile it can be entertaining, but when you go on stage and you know what your story is and you know what you want to tell people, then that’s when it really touches them.”

She said that pretty much since the year began with registration in August, preparations have been underway for the Moose Jaw Festival of Dance that started today and runs until Sunday.

As a senior dancer, Froehlich estimated she spends 12 hours a week and between five and seven days per week rehearsing for the competition when it drew closer.

“I like to do as much as I can,” said Froehlich, describing choosing which dances she is doing as “whichever ones you feel that you’re best at and whichever ones you enjoy the most.”

“(I do) just whatever my body feels like is best for me,” added fellow dancer 15-year-old Cordell Bellrose. “I just (compete) because it keeps me in shape and I just like hearing my name from other people.”

For more information, see Wednesday's edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald

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