“I have always felt a call to the movement in dance. When I reflect deeply on what ballet does for me, I can describe it in one sentence: ballet to me is a controlled explosion. The strict structure of ballet has provided comfort and safety, while the expression and creativity involved in the movement has allowed me to get in touch with the other half of myself, the half that loves to break away from the rules and befree. I have also discovered a passion for contemporary, lyrical jazz, and musical theatre. Without music dance would still be possible but it would not have the same impact. When I am alone, I play classical music. It provides comfort and I will catch myself beginning to dance or to choreograph in my head.” Courtney is a student at Jensen Beach High School.