What are your earliest and fondest memories of dance?
I love the sound of a record. MP3’s, CD’s, and tapes do not have the same qualities as a record. Growing up we always had a record player.
My parents would dance to their records often. Which inspired me and my siblings to dance to these records. I remember being taught to dance by my dad, brother, sister, and even babysitters. Music was a very big part of our lives.
We danced less as we moved to tapes and CD’s. Was it because of the medium? Probably not. We got older, our schedules got busier.
Up until sixth grade I went to Catholic school. In third grade, the school I went to had morning mass everyday before school and some holy days we would have mass later and sit with our class.
One of these holy days I was sitting with my class and was next to my teacher, Sister Em. After mass, Sr. Em pulled me to the side and told me that I had a beautiful voice and she wanted me to see if my parents would let me be in the kid’s choir for the church. I was thrilled and so were my parents. Eventually all my siblings and I were in the choir. We sang at the 10 am mass every Sun and even sang at some festivals, on the radio, and even recorded a tape. Continue reading