Kinaesthetics: 7 Years of Dance and Friendship
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Every Friday after school, Kinaesthetics, BCA’s longest standing dance team, can be seen working on their next dance in front of the school auditorium. Currently led by juniors Momo Roowala, Ralph Dela Cruz, Jae Kim, and Dominic Sunga, the group continues to practice, perform, and amaze.
Kinaesthetics was started seven years ago by alumni John Estrella for anyone and everyone who enjoyed dance. Aptly named, kinaesthetics implies being one with your body’s movements and is also a combination of the two words “kinetics”, meaning movement, and “aesthetics”, meaning beauty.
Some have joined Kinaesthetics to pursue a passion that had once been lost. For example, sophomores Laura Zhang and Beata Mirtchouk both enjoyed dancing since a young age but were forced to stop for various reasons. Since coming to BCA, they have found Kinaesthetics to be the perfect place to pick up where they had left off. Others such as freshman Therese Patrosio were introduced to Kinaesthetics by a friend. Therese explains that “My friend joined and she wanted me to do it with her. In the end, she ended up quitting but I found myself enjoying dancing so I stayed.” As leader Momo states, “People usually join for one or both of two reasons – to dance and to hang out with friends.”
It’s no wonder that the group has managed to stay strong for the past seven years as its members each have great motivation and love for their pursuit of dance. Momo says that he enjoys the freedom that dance allows him and takes advantage of the fact that “there are no rules so [he] can do whatever [he wants]” when he dances. Laura and Therese, on the other hand, enjoy dancing with their friends and improving their skills. Others such as junior Jamie Noor simply enjoy the exercise that dancing provides.
Despite their interest in the activity, dancing isn’t always easy for the members. Ralph recalls his first days as part of the group and says that “Starting out was the most difficult part because the first time it was awkward and I didn’t even know the basics.” Beata and Therese find the most difficulty with mastering techniques, naming “synchronization” and “making the dance fluid” as the most difficult aspects of dancing.
Though there are times of difficulty, the members remain loyal to dance and to the group. The group can be seen performing at school assemblies, most recently cabaret, usually with a smooth hip hop routine. On the performance, Dominic says, “It was probably the most fun performance I’ve ever been a part of.” Momo adds that “hearing all of those cheers after all of our hard work was out of this world.”
On how joining Kinaesthetics has impacted his life, Momo says, “It gave me more confidence. I used to not like telling people about my interests and passions because I was embarrassed but now I can confidently tell people about myself and what I like to do.” Sophomore Olivia Kim says, “It’s a good way to relieve stress. I can come to practice on Fridays and forget about the rest of the week.”
The group invites anyone and everyone who has a passion for dance to join them and discover these effects for themselves. To anyone who is having second thoughts about joining, they say “don’t be afraid and remember that dancing is about having fun.”