Mira Sachdev

I can’t believe my time at CPAC is already coming to an end. It feels like it was just yesterday that I walked into CPAC for the first time. This has been my second home since I was a little girl. I always knew that senior year would be bittersweet, but I never knew how it would really feel until now. CPAC is where I have my second family. I have made so many friends over the years and I love them all so much. During dance season, I have spent more time with my CPAC family than my actual family. CPAC is a place where I always feel safe and loved. It is such a supportive and fun environment. I have been on different sports teams in the past but none of them will ever compare to the comrade of our team that cares so much about each other. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to dance at CPAC for all these years. Thanks to Ms. Nancy Laurie and the amazing faculty here, CPAC has provided an unforgettable lifetime experience. I cannot find the words to truly thank everyone, but I will try. Zack, you were my first ballet teacher at CPAC. I was so nervous to start ballet again once I made the competition team, but you made it fun and I learned so much. You never missed an opportunity to push me to do my best. You are one of the reasons that I continue to push myself, so thank you, Zack. Kristen, you were my second ballet teacher at CPAC. I remember how excited I was when I moved up to level two and I got to join what we all called “the big kid class.” I was nervous at first, but as I started taking your class, I loved it! As you know, I have had lots of back issues over the years and you have always been so encouraging and supportive. You always help me to know when my posture is incorrect so that my injuries won’t get worse. Although it’s difficult, you always push me to keep going. You have never doubted me and you always made sure that I knew that I could do this. You also showed me that ballet class is still dancing. We are allowed to have fun and smile, so thank you, Kristen. Travis, thank you so much for giving your time to CPAC. We are so fortunate to have an accompanist. You are amazing and listening to you play is one of the reasons that I love ballet. My favorite time is when you play Christmas music and we get to sing along. That is one of the things I will miss most, so thank you, Travis. Jordan, thank you for teaching our jazz class every week. I have learned so much from you over the years. Plus, you create these amazing dances for us. We are so fortunate to have you as a choreographer and teacher at our studio. Your mind is incredible and I can’t believe that this is my last Jordan dance ever. From amazing combos, improv exercises, killer abs workouts, and so much more, you always make Jazz an adventure, so thank you, Jordan. Katie, I miss our tap classes together so much and although I don’t tap anymore, you are the reason that I can tap at all! You are the best birthday buddy and you are always so helpful and supportive. From healthy tips, to ways to prevent injury, you are always so sweet. I love walking by and seeing your smile throughout the studio, so thank you, Katie. Tessa, I was so excited when you came to choreograph and teach at our studio. I love being in your dances and they are incredible. From running my solo every week to teaching me crazy tricks and partnering skills in group dances, working with you is so much fun. You have always been someone that I can go and talk to and you are such a great mentor and friend, so thank you, Tessa. Jen, you have been through it all with me. You’re always there to listen and give the biggest hugs. You have supported me, been an amazing friend, and have influenced who I am so much. Through all the ups and downs you are always there for me. You have made sure that all of us have everything we need and more to be successful. I am honored to call you my second mom, my coach and my friend, so thank you, Jen. The costume shop. You guys are absolutely incredible. We are so lucky to have our costumes made by you. Because of your hard work and the love for what you do, our dances have gone from great to amazing. You all work so hard and it does not go unnoticed, so thank you to the costume shop. My parents, you have both been my biggest supporters. You are always the first ones to greet me with a smile after every performance and tell me great job no matter what happens. Dad, you are always there to make me feel confident and you give the best hugs. Mom, you are always the one to give me a massage and help me feel better. Plus you both always make sure that I have everything I need. I would never have had this amazing journey at CPAC if it weren’t for you guys. Thank you both so much for this opportunity. My fellow seniors and teammates, thank you all for sticking by my side through everything. You guys are always so supportive. Making me smile and laugh can always turn my day around. I am so lucky to be part of a family that cares so much for one another. You guys always push me and it has made me a better dancer. I love you all so much. Thank you for making my CPAC journey an unforgettable one. CPAC will forever hold a special place in my heart. I have memories here that will last a lifetime. Thank you, CPAC, for changing my life. For one last time, CHAKA OUT.