Going from Point to Getting to the Point

Senior Moving on from her Childhood

Striking a pose, Rosie Underberg, 12, Evanston Township High School, showcases a dance move that she has acquired over the years. “Dance has taught me so much and introduced me to some of my closest friends. I love all of the weird things that happen late at night [at the studio],” Underberg said.

5, 6, 7, 8—the music starts playing and another dance class begins. Although a long night is approaching, the dancers let the music lead the way. Tonight, at Dance Center Evanston, consists of three dance classes: jazz, ballet, and contemporary. Rosie Underberg, senior at Evanston Township High School, has enquired a love and passion for dancing over the past fifteen years.

“I love jazz, but also there is something unique about ballet and the discipline involved that I love as well,” Underberg said.

Looking forward to college, Underberg does not see herself being a dance instructor in the future, despite her enjoyment of creating pieces in the studio. She hopes to pursue her interest in science and other new passions on the east coast at Tufts University. In the past, Underberg has helped choreograph a tap piece at her dance studio in Lockport, Illinois.

“I had a large role in the company, which was super fun. I am not going to major in it [dancing], but I want to continue it somehow for sure…I do not see dance being my career,” Underberg said.

Dancing has made Underberg into the person that she is, but she is ready to move on from her childhood love as she begins her next chapter of life in college. Underberg is looking into majoring in her favorite subject: science.

“I have been dancing for a long time and it has gotten to be a lot recently, so I would say I am ready to move on and explore other activities; It has taught me how to be a strong leader. I will definitely miss dancing, because it has been such a big part of my life for so long, but I feel ready to move on. I am going to miss all of the friends I made along the way when we go our separate ways,” Underberg said.