Danielle Moss, a junior biology major from Utah, said being a part of the BYU-Hawaii Dance Team for its last semester is “a great way to end my dance career.”
Having danced for 13 years, she auditioned for the team during her first semester in Fall 2016. Moss said, “Even though I’ve been dancing for most of my life, I think it’s a great way to end my dance career.
One thing that I really liked about it is that I get to be a cheerleader at games too. That’s a bit different than what I’m really used to, but I like doing it, it’s a new experience which is great.”
Dance has been a large part of Moss’s life even from a young age, she said. “My mom signed me up to dance when I was about five because it was a huge thing back in Utah. Everyone danced in Utah,” she said. “I remember all my friends were dancing since I can remember.” Moss said she has participated in countless dance competitions and performances.
Aubrey Tischner, Moss’s roommate and a junior tourism and hospitality major from Utah, said, “Dance has made Danielle into the super fun, determined, and hard-working person she is today. Dance taught her a lot throughout the years to not give up, work hard, and enjoy every moment.”
One of Moss’s friends, Liz Romo, a freshman studying exercise science from Utah, reiterated similar sentiments to Tischner. “Danielle did dance for so many years [that] it has taught her how to be so responsible. If she commits to something, she’s the kind of person who does it. She also understands the importance of hard work and how things all pay off in the end. Dance has really affected her personality and made her into the great person she is today.”
Kayla Kohlert, Moss’s McDonald's co-worker from Laie, reported, “One unique thing that sets Danielle apart from some of the other workers is that she always has a big smile on her face. You never see her not smiling. She told me that she learned to always smile from one of her dance teachers [...] I think that dance has made her into a better employee with great customer service.”
With the basketball season ending during the Winter Semester, Milo said, “I definitely will miss being part of the Dance Team. I really liked going to all the sport events and being a part of the games. I’m honestly sad it's coming to an end, but overall I’m so glad I got the opportunity to be a part of the last dance team.” Moss said she hopes to continue fulfilling her passionate hobby of dancing recreationally.