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Art Focus: Claire Barnewolt

Posted By Bianca Ho On April 14, 2010 @ 1:26 am In Arts and Entertainment | Comments Disabled

Senior Claire Barnewolt has danced for as long as she can remember, and her parents have been a huge factor influencing her in pursuing her passion.

When she was only two years old, they signed her up for her first dance class at Peanut Butter and Jelly Dance Company in Brookline. Two years later, she moved to Joanne Langione Dance Center in Newton, where she still dances today.

As a child, dancing delighted her. Barnewolt has fond memories of her younger dancing days. “I wasn’t in that many dances, but the whole thing was such a big deal with all the lights and shiny costumes, she said.

Currently, Barnewolt is in the senior class at Joanne Langione Dance Center (JLDC). She devotes a large part of her time to her passion, dancing 12 hours a week. However, this is still a more relaxed schedule compared to the 17 hours she put in earlier in her high school career.

Her commitment to dance is hard work, but it is rewarding.

“I can’t say I’m always in the mood for dance, but once I’m there, I usually enjoy it. Barnewolt has formed lifelong friendships and her dance studio has become like a second home.

She participated in conventions and competitions with JLDC; the classes’ main focus, however, is on technique and combinations.

Recently, Barnewolt performed in JLDC’s winter concert, which featured dances by the classes and student choreographers.

In February, she also competed in the Dance Hall of Fame competition. She performed with classmates to “The Chain by Ingrid Michaelson. Their routine was very successful, winning platinum, best lyrical, second overall, and various choreography awards. “It was very fulfilling, Barnewolt said.

Outside of her yearlong dance classes, Barnewolt also participated in summer workshops and intense training.

At JLDC, she took a solid month’s worth of dance classes, running from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. She also participated in a dance program with Boston Ballet.

Barnewolt says the most intensive program she participated in was a week-long convention in 2007 in New York City, called The Pulse. She took lessons for various forms of dance, taught by famous choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, and Wade Robson. Some of the choreographers Barnewolt learned from also taught dancers from the show So You Think You Can Dance.

Barnewolt’s favorite dancer, Travis Wall, danced on the show and worked with the ver=y same choreographers. With both dance and school, Barnewolt follows a packed schedule. She takes many Advanced Placement and Honors classes, and she also plays the piano.

While dance remains a passion of hers, Barnewolt does not plan to pursue a career in the field. “It’s a hard career to choose. You have to be absolutely brilliant to make it these days, she said.

Instead, her interests for college lie in the social sciences and languages. Barnewolt knows for certain, however, that dance will remain a part of her life. “It’s a good way to keep fit and release bottled up emotions, she said.

To Barnewolt, dancing is synonymous with being healthy. She believes that everyone should familiarize themselves with some type of dance during their lifetimes.

“Dance like no one is watching, Barnewolt said, “because even though dance is a spectator sport, dance is mainly for the dancer. Watching someone dance is like getting a peek at part of their soul.

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