Autumn Ring is a 14-year-old dancer from Negaunee, Michigan. She dances at Studio Dance Arts-Marquette.

 “Dance in my community (and other communities) can build a stronger, healthier, and happier community.”

How does dance have a positive impact on your life?

Dance has helped me express my emotions through movement. It helps me escape reality and focus on the positives.

How do you want to use dance to be a positive influence on your community?

I want to use dance as a positive influence to my community by showing that dance develops strong social bonds (i have been friends with some of my dance friends since we were 8 years old), it is a safe place for children to be, and the people that train in dance tend to become healthier and happier. Dance in my community (and other communities) can build a stronger, healthier, and happier community.