Emilyann Dustman - Ohio Interview by Claire Plath Nomination by Tori Timmann Photography by Dunlap Photography Issue 26 - Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Emily Dustman inspires me every day with her strength, dedication and above all, her work ethic. I am her dance instructor and I get the amazing opportunity to witness her dancing and hard work every day. She spends hours upon hours at the studio every week, maintains exceptional grades, holds down a part time job and is one of the kindest humans I have had the chance to work with. She is a role model at our dance studio (Art in Motion) and for every young dancer. She is always so positive and uplifting! We love you Em and are so proud of you! The future is yours!
What do you love most about dance? I love the freedom of movement. I love the overwhelming feeling of the music. I love how dance allows me to express myself. Expression is key in this art form. When I dance, I tend to pour my emotions out and my truest colors can be seen. With dance in my life, I feel as though I have a purpose. Dance started a fire in me a long time ago. That passion is renewed every time I step on that stage or enter the studio. I live for the adrenaline of performing and letting go to the movement.
When did you begin dancing, and when did you join your current studio Art in Motion? I was in 4th grade when I first started dancing. I danced at a really tiny studio in Salem for a long time. I left when I felt I needed a stronger education of dance and joined Art in Motion my freshman year.
What has been your favorite experience of dancing so far? My favorite experience of dancing so far would have to be at the Showstoppers competition. I performed a really emotional solo and gave it my all. When I came off stage there was a lady who approached me and thanked me for performing. It felt so amazing to know that my performance had meant so much to someone else.
How have you been able to manage exceptional grades as well as hours spent dancing per week? Honestly, insane commitment. I remind myself constantly why I put myself through the stress. Dancing as a profession is my life dream. I want to continue inspiring others and creating meaning through the art of dance.
Through obstacles you have faced, how have you managed to radiate positivity through it all? I have endured multiple obstacles, but I always try to stay positive, especially in the studio. As soon as I walk through that door, I want to dance. If a cloud of negativity hangs over a dancer’s head, everyone in the room will notice and feel the lack of energy, and it will drain them, too. Instead, I dance my troubles away. I use dance as an outlet to let go of every negative thing in my life.
Emilyann will be featured in Issue 26 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!