In-Depth. Is it simply just another “passion project” that schools offer to give you a flexible block for a learner to do whatever they please? I don’t think so. The concept of TALONS “In-Depth” Project is a learning experience that not only supports a learner’s passions and interests in a much deeper manner than ever before but ties in with the community around them and provides them with countless opportunities to succeed in their field of choice. Being guided with a mentor, as well as tracking my progress through videos and vlogs, all the pieces have been placed on the board for my first shot at the stage. This year, I will go in-depth with hip hop dancing.
Dancing has always been such a high mountain throughout my life. I was able to observe and look up to all of its intricacies and beauties, but would never even dream to climb to such extremes. Inspired by various dancers at a young age, I have always had a special interest in the art form, and have been blown away and humbled at its greatest. The complexity and creativity that dancing provide seemed surreal to me, and I could have never seen myself in a position to move my body in that manner. It was clear that a path of dance was never to be seen in me.
But, much like many other moments in life, I have challenged my own thinking. Through the project of In-Depth, I have re-sparked my ember for dancing and have put it upon myself to execute what is long overdue in my bucket list of passions. As renowned American dancer Marth Graham once said, “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.” Following this ideology of passion acting as the heart of success, I am ready to launch myself into the world of hip hop to take the lessons I learn and turn them into my pride.
Alongside my fellow TALONS learner and friend Indah Del Bianco, we will be learning and working under the wing of our mentor, Kailey Huang. A grade 11 student and former TALONS learner at Gleneagle, Kailey has been practicing various dance forms for 10 years and is currently the dance captain at Gleneagle’s Musical Theatre Program. A highly reliant and supportive dancer and leader, Kailey is willing to help me and Indah to learn the ins and outs of basic hip hop dancing, for us to hopefully understand the necessary skills and methods to become effective dancers ourselves. Kailey has shown to be understanding, passionate, and highly capable of her task ahead as my mentor, and I have nothing but high hopes. In terms of the when and where of my In-Depth project, Indah and I have had 1 meeting with Kailey on January 9th in the Gleneagle MPR stage from 6 – 6:30 p.m. As of current standings, the 3 of us have collectively agreed to keep that same meeting format, practicing every Thursday for 30 minutes until further notice (rehearsals will most likely extend as time passes).
With all of this being said, I am ready to pursue this new passion and area of interest with all my excitement in a clear and open mind. Let In-Depth become a project where learners of all gifts may learn and travel down a path of their own hopes, as we all hip HOP into our endeavors.
Signing off, up and coming dancer, Gyu Min Jang.