Each spring we honor our graduating Seniors at Prairie School of Dance. This blog series highlights what they love about Prairie School of Dance and their passions and interests. This profile is Rachel Doyle, a Senior in our Performing Arts Division.
Name: Rachel Doyle
Number of Years at PSOD: 12 years
Plans for Next Year: Bethel University
What inspires you?
To me, it is inspiring to see people working hard to achieve their goals. I am very self-motivated, and other people’s dedication inspires me even more to keep a positive attitude in everything I do and work hard to get even just a little bit better. Also, I think it is awesome when people go out of their way to help someone, even if sometimes they receive no recognition. I think selflessness is such an admirable quality; friends and teachers that are selfless inspire me to be selfless as well.
What is your favorite style of dance? Why?
I connect most with lyrical styles of dance. I love adding breath to movement and feeling graceful, yet strong.
How have you been able to live out your faith at PSOD?
This year’s “Psalm 139” show was a great way for me to make my dance a form of worship. Dancing is like a prayer… Psalm 149:3 says to “Praise his name with dancing.” I am so thankful that God gave me a healthy body so that I can create art through dance.
What makes PSOD classes excellent and wholesome?
Definitely the people that make up PSOD. Some of my strongest friendships have been with girls that I see weekly at class. Also, I love how the teachers make an effort to have a personal relationship with their students and go beyond simply playing the role of the “teacher.” I know that they not only want to help me become a better dancer, but also a better person.
If you could give any advice to a young dancer, what would you tell them?
I would tell them to stick it out! When I was younger, I went through a phase where I wasn’t very interested in coming to class or even just stretching at home. But I never quit, and now I am soooo glad that I stuck with it!
At PSOD, you’re honored with a senior solo at the Spring Recital. What are you most looking forward to?
I am just excited that my final memory of my time here at Prairie School of Dance will be my senior solo. I hope that it will be a surreal experience, and I am excited to look back and remember the great time I had performing.