Bailey Gordner

Muhlenberg College, PA

Growing up in my dance studio was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to me.  My parents own our studio back home so literally as soon as I was born I was raised being out there watching my parents teach everyday.  I remember I would stay out late in the studio, just as a little girl and watch the “big girls” dance hoping to one day be just like them.  I knew right away that I could never imagine my life without dance and that I wanted to do exactly what my parents did.  Both my Dad and Mom are my absolute biggest inspirations.  My dad didn’t start dancing until he was in his 20’s and my mom went to college for Elementary Ed.  When they got married, they opened up their own preschool at our house and then the studio followed right after.  They are the two most selfless, loving, sharing, supportive, and absolutely most amazing people and role models for me.  I’m so lucky to have grown up watching, learning, and living their lives in the studio. I love coming home and seeing them continue to do what they do and it makes me excited for the fact that one day I will be given the privilege of running it myself. It has shaped me into the person I am today and I’m so forever thankful for that.

I am not a girl of many words.  I’d rather listen than to talk.  I found that through dancing, it has allowed me to find my own voice and express in a way words never could for me.  It’s my go to. It’s what I do when I’ve had a bad day, when I’m sad, feeling down, or happy. There’s nothing I’d rather be doing with my life than dance and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see where I end up with dance.  Being involved in the arts is something I don’t think I can fully express my love and gratitude for. I just know that when I wake up everyday, I’m always so thankful to be given the art and gift of dance. I’d be completely lost without it.