My name is Kelly Whiteside and I am a 16 year old from Newton Stewart. I began dancing at the age of six, when I joined a local dance class. It was here that I discovered my passion for dance. I love to dance because it is a great way of expressing myself or when I'm having a bad day, the minute I put the music on and start dancing, I forget all my problems. The only word to describe the feeling when I dance is euphoric.
I began helping at Emma Louise Dance Club in September 2012 and I thoroughly enjoy it. It is a fun way of socialising and meeting new people. I have definitely gained confidence in helping Emma and I am much more comfortable when leading a class. Also, my knowledge in dancing has increased and I am more creative when it comes to choreographing my own dances.
The Youth Arts Learning Journey is a great opportunity to develop my dancing skills and learn from world class choreographers. I am very excited to take part in this as it is a dream come to true meet people who share the same the love for dance that I do. I hope this will be greatly beneficial to not only me but others in my community. In the future, I hope that I would be able to share and pass on my knowledge and passion for dance to as many people as possible because in my opinion, it is important to get young people to discover their talents. I'm looking forward to blogging about my YALJ and working with lots of young people. It will sure be a exciting experience for me!