Pump Up The Volume

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Written by Shirin Ahmadpour

My relatives can tell you that I was incredibly polite as a child. Though I knew I was raised with good manners, I also knew that my shyness was confused for being well behaved. I did not speak much nor did I ever speak out. What was there for me to say?

Before I found my voice, I had to find my confidence. I had to find a passion. And so, I decided I needed to be a hardcore hip-hop dancer in order to break out of my shell. I tried out for a dance crew, AZ Hype, when I was twelve and by the grace of God, I made it on the team. I never danced before and I was terribly awkward. My mother even asked my coach how it was possible for me to make the cut.

Whether I was a good or bad dancer, for the first time in my life, I fell in love. Dancing soon became my passion and thankfully with lots or practice, bruises, prayer, tears and support, dancing turned into a talent. The better I danced, the more confidence I gained. To this day, I have never been happier or felt more powerful than when I am dancing. I finally found something that I was good at and that feeling made the world brighter for me. The strength, confidence and vibrance I felt while dancing seeped its way into my everyday life.

My soft voice no longer meant that I was soft spoken. During my first year dancing, I became the student body president of my elementary. As I ventured into high school, I broke into theater and was cast in a leading role in a play every year. I ran for officer positions of many organizations and teams. I even gave the graduation speech. I don’t believe that dancing gave me my voice. I believe it helped to unleash it. Today, I carry a confidence in my heart to fall in love with life and that loving passion will continue to fuel my voice in this world.

Shirin Dance

3 Comments on “Pump Up The Volume”

  1. Nice, I like your post! it is great how you described the way you found your voice. Good luck in speaking up!

  2. Wow Shirin! Your dancing looks amazing! Its true there is a difference between having a soft voice and being a soft-spoken individual. You can have a quiet voice but still be opinionated, friendly and strong-willed!

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