Sima Sadykhov, 20, is a third-year student majoring in media studies with a focus in journalism. Minoring in dance, she already has a growing reputation as a competitive ballroom dancer: A National champion three times and a World championship semi-finalist, she recently accepted an internship at the prestigious American Dancer Magazine. She teaches at the Basic Ballroom Dance Studio where she took pictures for this assignment.
Pictures by Sima Sadykhov © Copyright 2021
As a competitive ballroom dancer, I want to inspire my students to improve, work hard and have the most fun when they’re dancing – especially during the Pandemic. With the Coronavirus stalking them, their families, friends and communities, these have been difficult if not excruciating times for kids. I want them to learn that dance can make them feel inspired and motivated and that the more they improve now, the better they’ll feel when they’re return to the competitive dance floor or are stepping out on a dance floor for the first time.
Dance can teach them to socialize, meet new people and work together harmoniously and physically and learn new things. Note: Students and staff at Basic Ballroom Dance Studio engage in social distancing and the wearing of masks.
A Little Something Extra by Sima Sadykhov
Sima Sadykhov can be reached at SIMA.SADYKHOV81@myhunter.cuny.edu