5, 6, 7, 8! You see Natasia Raphtis, a well-known dancer in the sophomore class, once again learning a lyrical combination in the dance studio at 8:15 in the morning. Tasi started her dance career at three years old. Inspired by her sister and the pretty art form itself, she trained to become a dancer herself. Dance is a very competitive sport, and there are many dancers that have their own set of skills that they have to offer to the table.
“Dance is a way to express myself, and it’s a sense of freedom,” says Tasi.
Even with the challenging academic schedule of Country Day, Tasi always has her head in the game and uses her time wisely. “There’s always no time, it (dance) always keeps me busy,” says Tasi. I always see Tasi during her free time in school doing her homework because she knows that she has to go to a rehearsal that would go until ten at night.
Certainly, she knows that she would not be able to finish her homework when she gets home. However, to every journey has their highs and lows. She explained that her hardest challenge was when she had to deal with her knee injury. A dancers instrument is their own body, and a dancer’s responsibility is to take care of her/his instrument by eating well and keeping it in good condition. Because of Tasi’s optimistic mindset she never gave up on herself throughout her struggles with her knee. She went through physical therapy so that her leg could go back to being flexible and currently she is always careful while she is on the dance floor. I am always inspired by Tasi’s passion in dance, and I know she will do great things with her talent in her future dance career. “Dancing is an art. The floor is my canvas, and I am the brush. And whatever I create comes from the heart.”