As we set forth on our “Give Out The Love Tour” this fall and we welcome our new Collective, we can’t help but reflect on what an amazing year we had with this past year’s original members. It was an amazing year full of learning experiences, growth and once in a lifetime opportunities for them to travel the country, assist the top instructors in the industry, and find out what it’s like to work behind the scenes for DanceMakers. It truly was amazing to watch each one of the Collective members find themselves through people that inspire them in class; some new, some old, and take those experiences to help them grow not only as dancers, but also as people. We decided we couldn’t quite sum up how this tour had changed their lives so we interviewed Sarah Frangenburg, a member of the 2013-2014 Collective, and let’s just say she had us feeling inspired! We are so grateful to have been able to share this beautiful experience with this amazing group of dancers and we will miss them dearly, but we are looking forward to making new memories with the 2014-15 Collective! Take a peek below for our amazing interview with Sarah Frangenburg.
Q: What was your favorite memory of the “Be the Difference Tour”?
A: There’s so much that was my favorite – honestly, one would have to be nationals. Nationals was one of the best weeks I have ever had. It was so happy, and so joyful, yet it was so sad at the same time. I feel like that week was the summit of the entire year, and all the hard work came to life. Everything just made more sense - seeing everything come together.
Q: How has DanceMakers impacted your life as a dancer?
A: As a dancer it has brought me more out of my shell. It has made me more confident and made me appreciate what I have, what I can do, and pushed me to be better than I ever thought I could be. Its taught me that I can be good in styles that aren’t my strong suit and help me be more confident in getting better at them, especially Hip Hop (laughs). It has also taught me to really WATCH. Studying people and watching what they do, seeing what makes them different and beautiful, and using that to make me become better not only as a dancer, but also as a person.
Q: If you would give any advice to your little sister Sophie, who will be joining us for our “Give Out The Love” tour, what would it be?
A: I think the biggest advice would be to take EVERYTHING in. Every moment. Every new lesson that you learn. Everything someone says to you. Take it, and hold it in your heart. Put it into your being. Don’t forget ANY of it. Every class, weekend, and aspect. Every single breath you take. Be hungry for knowledge. Interact with people. Make it a point to give them hug. Ask them how they are. MEET people. It portrays who you are and who Dancemakers is. A piece of advice I would pass down would be from Kathryn about making eye contact with people. Look deep into their eyes when you are sharing a moment with someone. Its only between you two. No one else. Its one of the most amazing and powerful things someone can experience.
Q: Who is the biggest inspiration in your life & why?
A: Kathryn. She has taught me so much this year. It’s really hard to explain in words how much she inspires me. She inspires me with every little thing that she does. Conversations, not only with me, but everyone else. She makes me want to be a better person, be my very best self, and put my heart into everything that I do.
Q: What went through your head when you found out you were going to be in the Collective?
A: At first I think I was shocked and numb because I wanted it so badly. It was mind blowing. I think after that my mind was blank. I was so excited I couldn’t think of anything else. It was amazing! No one will know how much it meant to me, in that moment, on that stage, to have that feeling.
Q: How did the Collective change you as a person?
A: I think that it has made me more appreciative of every opportunity that I am given. It constantly made, and still makes me SO happy and has left such an impact on me that sometimes I would just sit and cry. Not because I was sad. I was just in awe. It made me realize that I can make a difference in someone else’s life just simply by being who I am, even if I don’t mean to. Its something I never really realized before. It brought on a new awareness of confidence for me. It made me aware that people are watching, even if I don’t know they are. It has taught me to always stay aware, and yet dance like no one is watching.
Q: What is it about DanceMakers that is different to you than other companies?
A: DanceMakers is much more personal than any other company. Its not about being the best, or getting every combination, or winning a trophy. Its about feeling something. Its about dancing, and what that means to you. DanceMakers makes you feel like you are special and important, and that is HUGE. Especially to people who don’t have the confidence. It makes you feel like an individual. It’s not about the spotlight. It’s about you being you, and me being me, and being inspired, so you can inspire others.
Q: If you could tell this year’s Collective one thing what would it be?
A: Work Hard. I would tell them to work hard because this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you wont realize how much it changes you until its over. And if you work hard and put everything in, you will get everything out and it will change your life forever.
Q: What’s your next step?
A: I change my mind every day!! Right now, I am going back to school. It will be my sophmore year in college. I’m excited about the next year – theres lots of cool stuff happening. Alvin Alley is coming to my school to perform and I get to perform with them so I’m really looking forward to that experience and what I can learn from them. I grew a lot last year and I’m just excited to continue growing. As long as I continue to grow I know I will be happy. A big part of me wants to move to LA and make it in the dance industry, but also a big part of me doesn’t. I feel like when the time is right I will know, and I will listen to my heart – and let it lead me in the right direction.
I mean, I really would love to work for DanceMakers someday. That would be amazing!! There are lots of options. I am just keeping mine open and focusing on one thing at a time for now and how I can be the best version of myself.