I love working hard, so I love dancing. I love feeling sore and exhausted from hard rehearsals and classes, and I love the final result of all of my hard work and my friends’ hard work.

Elise Askonas '14

Elise Askonas ’14 dabbled in dance throughout elementary school, but when she arrived at Baylor as a sixth grader she decided to pursue it more seriously. One year later, she landed a part in the annual Vervé concert.

“I love working hard, so I love dancing. I love feeling sore and exhausted from hard rehearsals and classes, and I love the final result of all of my hard work and my friends’ hard work,” says Elise. “I can put aside the hard, frustrating parts of dancing and just enjoy the good parts that encourage me to keep going. Dancing requires a lot of balance and strength, but the hardest part of both of those for me is the focus that is required. As long as I can stay focused, I can continue to improve.”

ABOUT BAYLOR'S DANCE TROUPE

Verve’ Fast Facts:

  • Work on Vervé begins each fall and is open to students who have been involved in dance for a period of time.
  • In November, students present their work in an adjudicated student choreography concert.
  • The annual Vervé concert – a full production with costume changes and lighting – follows in January.
  • Dancers then start working on Last Chance Dance, which showcases pieces in May.