Reese Karras, a senior here at LFHS and former member of the Varsity Doms team, has decided to continue her dance career at Elon University next year. After a successful four years at LFHS–and a minor setback due to an injury in her senior year–she is ready to move on to the next chapter continuing to do what she loves.
How many years have you been dancing?
I’ve been dancing since I was 5 years old, so about 12 years.
Is college dancing something you’ve always thought about doing?
It wasn’t initially, but after I missed a season this year due to a torn meniscus I felt that I had some unfinished business. Usually people are done with dance after high school due to the stress that dance puts on your body, but after missing a season I felt that I still had it in me and I wasn’t quite ready to be done.
What is your past training experience/ where did you start dancing?
I started dancing at the Lake Forest Rec and I started off with basic ballet and jazz classes. When I was old enough I tried out for the dance company. When I was in 6th grade, I transferred to Lo Mastro to become more competitive with my dance. Lo Mastro was more intense and we went to more competitions. At Lo Mastro, I was doing ballet, jazz, and other classes such as pointe. I stayed there until 8th grade, and at the end of 8th grade tried out for the dance team at the high school. I was on JV for two years, and then Varsity for two years.
What has been the most rewarding part of your dance career?
I’d say my chapter at the high school. Dance is such an individual sport, and you are usually working on improving your own talent and skill. But being on a team was much different, even more different than being in a company. Being on a team is much more synchronized and you are all working towards the same goal. That, to me, was the most rewarding, working together towards a common goal and growing close with my teammates.