Gretchen Stommel, 10

“Dancing is important to me because it brings an element of stability into my life. I know every time I enter the studio, I will feel grounded, disciplined, and in control. Dance brings me both physical and mental well-being and allows me to feel in control of my body and my mind. I can also become a better person because of the concentration and patience required and expected of me. Essentially, dance is my rock.”