Senior Spotlight: Danielle

Apr 20,2016 | Dance Interview

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BCA is proud to highlight and honor some of our Senior Team dancers in our spring blogs. Many of these amazing young ladies have been dancing with BCA since they were little girls, and our Senior Team has been a testament to the rewards of hard work and dedication. Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to many of our Seniors as they embark on the next phase in their lives. Luckily, the younger members of the Senior Team are ready to step into their very big shoes.

Danielle Thistle is 17 years old and a senior in high school. She has been dancing at BCA since she was 8 years old, and on the Senior Team for three years—literally since the team was formed. Needless to say, BCA has been a huge part of Danielle’s life, and she will be greatly missed by the entire BCA family. She will attend UW-Madison next year.

According to Danielle, “BCA is my second home and really shaped me into who I am. It was a huge part of growing up for me.” We disagree: Danielle and her teammates have shaped BCA into what it is today!

I’m Going to Miss the Simple Things

We recently sat down to talk with Danielle about BCA, Senior Team, and her feelings about leaving BCA and going to college.

Q: You just returned from Nationals where the Senior Team won two bids to Worlds. Talk about that experience and the hard work it takes to get there.

A: Worlds is so different from any other competition. It’s crazy—and awesome—to see all of the teams from different countries. Everyone is amazing and has to work really hard to get there, so when you are there, the biggest part of the experience is just enjoying it.

Q: What is your favorite dance from your time on the Senior Team?

A: I have so many favorites, but my absolute favorite was “Never Let Me Go” by Florence and the Machine. It was a lyrical piece, and I loved it because it was so emotional—we told a story. Every time we performed we left the stage crying.

Q: You are a very accomplished soloist. Which do you find more rewarding: the solo experience or the team experience? Why?

A: The team experience, hands-down, no matter what. For me team is so much more rewarding; I love going out on stage with all of my friends. It’s just different when you are with people that you love.

Q: Do you plan to continue dancing in college? Has BCA prepared you for dancing at the collegiate level?

A: Yes, I might try out for the dance team at UW-Madison. They have a really competitive dance team that I’m considering, and they have a club team that is a little more laid back. I’m deciding between the two, and I feel really prepared to do whatever I want to with dance in the future. And there’s so much I have learned here beyond dance, too!

Q: What is the most important thing you have learned from your coach, April Mallow, regarding dance? Regarding life?

A: One takeaway from April that pertains to dance and life is having no regrets. She always talks about how you don’t want go through life full of regrets, and you don’t want to step off the stage with regrets. I’ll always hold that with me no matter what I’m doing. I want to walk off the stage knowing I did everything I could; I want to finish college knowing I did everything I could!

Q: What is your favorite thing about BCA?

A: The environment at BCA has always been caring, homey, and comfortable—so loving. I think that’s my favorite thing about it. They really welcome you here like family, and that is just the best thing about it.

Q: What will you miss most about BCA and your team when you go to college?

A: I think I’m going to miss the simple things: coming to practice and seeing everyone, laughing and having fun with my team. I think the special thing about being here is my team and the bond—we have grown into such a family. It will be one of the hardest things about transitioning to college.