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Art Focus – Sarah Hodin

By Denebola
Published: November 2007
By Michaela Jones
“I love everything about dance, South senior Sarah Hodin said. “Dancing is my passion.
For over ten years, Hodin has taken classes like jazz, hip hop, modern, and ballet.
“I did ballet and tap when I was five, but then I quit, Hodin said. “Then, I took dance up again at Paulette’s when I was around nine.
Now that she’s older, Hodin chooses to take more mature dance classes.
“When I was going into freshman year I started taking jazz, hip hop and modern dance classes at Jeanette Neill in Boston and ballet in Newton Centre. Now, I don’t do ballet, but I still take my classes at Jeanette Neill.
Hodin usually takes the train into Boston and walks a few blocks to the dance studio. Depending on her schedule, she normally takes two to four classes per week.
“They’re walk-ins, so I can go whenever I want, Hodin said.
What most people don’t know about Hodin is that she also has appreciation for most other forms of art.
“I like to paint, Hodin said. “I even painted my own Bat Mitzvah invitation. I also used to take painting classes and ceramics classes, but I never really pursued [my other passions] because I am much more into dance. I also love creative writing, poetry, and watching plays and films.
According to Hodin, a good teacher drastically improves dance. “My favorite class is my jazz class with Jimmy. He makes the class so much fun. I take his class on Mondays and Thursdays. Jimmy is a great choreographer and teacher. Hodin said.
People know her most, however, for her skills in Step Squad, of which she is a senior member.
“I tried out for step my sophomore year. I saw them perform frosh year and I loved it. I didn’t think I could ever do something like [step] but then I was like, ‘Ëœwhat the hell! I want to do it… I’m going to try!’
Although Hodin is the first in her family to pursue step, dancing does run in the Hodin gene pool. Laura Hodin, her mother and role model, once danced professionally.
“My mom danced as an apprentice in the North Shore Civic Ballet Company. She also danced at the University of Massachusetts, and she was in various jazz and modern dance companies. She also taught aerobics in New York City and had celebrity clients such as Madonna, Hodin said.
As her time at South comes to an end, Hodin considers her future in dance. “I don’t think I am going to pursue a career in dance, only because it’s basically impossible to make a career out of it-and, unfortunately, careers in step don’t exist. But I know that I will continue to dance for a long time, at least through college, Hodin said.

Hodin usually takes the train into Boston and walks a few blocks to the dance studio. Depending on her schedule, she normally takes two to four classes per week. “They’re walk-ins, so I can go whenever I want, Hodin said. What most people don’t know about Hodin is that she also has appreciation for most other forms of art. “I like to paint, Hodin said. “I even painted my own Bat Mitzvah invitation. I also used to take painting classes and ceramics classes, but I never really pursued [my other passions] because I am much more into dance. I also love creative writing, poetry, and watching plays and films. According to Hodin, a good teacher drastically improves dance. “My favorite class is my jazz class with Jimmy. He makes the class so much fun. I take his class on Mondays and Thursdays. Jimmy is a great choreographer and teacher. Hodin said. People know her most, however, for her skills in Step Squad, of which she is a senior member. “I tried out for step my sophomore year. I saw them perform frosh year and I loved it. I didn’t think I could ever do something like [step] but then I was like, ‘Ëœwhat the hell! I want to do it… I’m going to try!’ Although Hodin is the first in her family to pursue step, dancing does run in the Hodin gene pool. Laura Hodin, her mother and role model, once danced professionally. “My mom danced as an apprentice in the North Shore Civic Ballet Company. She also danced at the University of Massachusetts, and she was in various jazz and modern dance companies. She also taught aerobics in New York City and had celebrity clients such as Madonna, Hodin said. As her time at South comes to an end, Hodin considers her future in dance. “I don’t think I am going to pursue a career in dance, only because it’s basically impossible to make a career out of it-and, unfortunately, careers in step don’t exist. But I know that I will continue to dance for a long time, at least through college, Hodin said.

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