She’s Sitting Wherever She Wants (My Episode 12, Season 3 Recap)
Triumph!! Nia earned the top spot on the pyramid. I was tremendously proud of Nia and I knew she was proud of her accomplishment as well. It was a long and arduous journey for Nia to get to the top of the pyramid but the view from the top made it worth it.
When Abby said she didn’t know who would play the role of Rosa Parks I thought she was joking. When I realized that Abby was serious I was incredulous! After all, hadn’t her tune all along been that you have to be right for the role? There was no doubt that Nia was right for this role! I knew that Nia would bring special meaning to her portrayal of Rosa Parks. First, Nia had to earn the role although I believed she had earned this role through talent and hard work. After all, it is not uncommon for the person at the top of the pyramid to get a solo or featured role in the group dance. Nia was truly moved and inspired by Rosa Parks’ contribution to civil rights and understood that it would be a privilege to portray Rosa Park’s historical struggle in dance. Dancing is a great communicator. It would be Nia’s responsibility to convey the importance of Rosa Park’s courageous action through dance. Nia was made for that role and I hoped Abby would see that.
Playing for “more and more”, Jill decided Kendall should have the role of Rosa Parks and a solo this week. Jill moved forward to challenge Nia’s getting the part of Rosa Parks. The next move was mine. I had to do some compromising of my own. Abby decided at pyramid that I needed a makeover. Although I like my style and did not see the need for a makeover I decided to go along with Abby and allowed her to work her makeover “magic” on me. Abby took her job as stylist and makeover artist very seriously. Abby had tons of fashion advice for me and she even selected a surprise outfit for me to wear at competition. I was worried what her choice might be, but even more concerned that she wouldn’t select Nia as Rosa Parks just because I wouldn’t play makeover. I happily decided to go along with the makeover. I am a team player and a good sport so it wasn’t hard. It was actually fun!
When Abby finally decided to give the role of Rosa Parks to Nia I was relieved. I knew Nia could capture theessence of Rosa Parks in this dance if she was given the chance. I was certain Nia would take this opportunity seriously and invest time and energy into making the role and her performance memorable. Nia decided to do research on Rosa Parks and created a poster to illustrate what she had learned. Nia worked diligently on the poster with her father and was excited to share the information and her poster with Abby and the girls. One of my proudest moments of the week happened before Nia even stepped foot on stage. When Abby asked Nia where she was going to sit on the bus Nia proudly exclaimed, “Wherever I want!” I think Rosa Parks would have been proud!
Competition day came quickly as it always does and I was nervous. We were up against Cathy’s Candy Apples. We had a lot at stake and it was important that our team win. The Rosa Parks dance was extremely technical and required strength, precision, and emotion. Nia was determined to prove to everyone, including herself that she has matured into a strong dancer. She ran the dance continuously – up until the last moments in the dressing room reviewing the dance.
The moment the girls entered the stage I knew the dance was a hit. Rosa Parks was a winner. The girls were amazing and Nia stood out on stage. Nia commanded the attention of the audience and the judges from the moment she took her place on stage. Nia portrayed Rosa Parks well and she stayed in character for the entire dance. Everyone danced beautifully and it was an exquisite and memorable piece. The choreography told the story in a brilliant and powerful way. One of the most memorable moments in the dance was when Maddie stepped on Nia’s back. It was hard to watch in some ways-it was chilling and brought tears to my eyes. The dance was compelling and a powerful tribute to Rosa Parks’ legacy. When the girls earned first place, the triumph I felt matched that which I felt earlier in the week when Nia earned the top spot on the pyramid. Seeing Nia’s smile beaming on stage was thrilling. This was a heartfelt win and I am sure Rosa Parks would have been proud of this team’s performance. I know Abby was proud of the team and her encouraging words of praise to Nia in the dressing room were priceless.
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