A life-long dancer leaves her mark on middle school


William Claman, Staff Writer

Amaya Wolfe is a twelve year old competitive dancer and member of the Sevier Middle dance team. Wolfe was attracted to dancing at a very young age.

“When I was about two years old, I would go into the six year old tap class with my sister and just take the class,” she said. “What made me join the John Sevier dance team was that I needed another activity to do and I just thought why not do something I love to do.”

Wolfe has two favorite styles of dancing.

“My favorite style of dance is ballet because the elevations are so fun to learn,” she said. “Also, Pointe is another favorite because the movement of the body and the feet from being in the audience is so satisfying and looks so flowy and is so interesting to watch.”

Wolfe even has a favorite dance move.

‘My favorite dance move is the firebird, because when you jump up in the air you can go as high as you want to,” she said.

Dance isnt easy, but it can be very satisfying when done right.

“For me, the most difficult thing about dancing is trying not to hurt myself,” Wolfe said. “For the last month, I’ve had two really bad injuries.”

These injuries managed to slow her down somewhat.

“The first one was when I pulled my hamstring,” she said. “The second one was when I hurt my knee while dancing.”

Wolfe’s parents have always been behind her and her decision to dance.

“My parents love that I dance; they are very supportive,” she said. “They are working on getting enough money so I can go to Texas for a ballet intensive at the Houston Ballet.”

Wolfe regularly participates in dance competitions .She competes for “Studio One” in Kingsport.

“I’ve been dancing there since I could walk,” she said. “I also dance at the Center of Performing Arts in Kingsport, because it is just an extra ballet class.”

Competition season is Wolfe’s busiest time.

“I usually start competitions in January and end in late April or early May,” she said.

She likes the competitions, but there are some downsides, as well.

“The best part about them is the drive there,” Wolfe said. “The worst part is awards, because you’re there forever and you just want to go to bed after your long day at the competition.”

Wolfe has achieved many things as a dancer.

“My greatest moment as a dancer is mainly the practices,” she said. “Yes, you may not want to go, but you go to get better and you go because you love what you do.”

An experienced dancer like her also has had some bad times in dance.

“My worst moment was when I got an overall score, meaning first in my level,” Wolfe said. “Nobody was happy for me except my mom, my dad, and my teachers. My friends didn’t talk to me that night and it made me feel sad. Some of my friends congratulated me, but not many.”

In order for Wolfe to stay sharp with her skills, she has to practice.

“There are two ways I train,” she said. “I go to practice and watch what I eat. Yes, I eat healthy sometimes and try some diets, but I don’t go full ‘vegan mode’. When I go to practice, I usually try to bring something healthy.”

Wolfe is not all by herself in her career. She has an amazing coach at Sevier Middle, Chloe Lowe, whom she describes as being “very talented for her age”.

“She is well trained to be able to teach young dancers,” she said. “I have known her for a while now to know that she cares about my dancing.”

She also has team mates that she feels are practically family.

“We are a really, really close family,” she said. :When we do dance recitals, they are the best because it’s just a good time to get closer which each other and spend more time with each other.”

Wolfe believes that there are three main things needed to become a good dancer.

“The first thing is to be committed and be prepared for anything that pops up last minute,” she said. “The second thing is that you need to stretch a lot. The third thing is you need to be open to any opportunity that comes your way.”

Wolfe has some advice she wants to share with her fellow dancers.

“Love what you do and do what you love,” she said.

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