Sarah Elise Russo Cooper
Sarah Russo Cooper is a senior from Orem, Utah graduating in Dance Performance. She has been dancing for 18 years and feels incredibly happy and blessed to be a part of Contemporary Dance Theater this year.
Reflections of Visiting China
Sometimes it is easy to think that our world is so big, the idea that the people of China and the people of America have anything in common is hard to grasp. After all, we live on opposite ends of the world. We have thousands of miles, thousands of years of history, 15 hours, and a language barrier that separates us. But what I have learned from spending a week in Beijing is that in the things that matter most, we couldn’t be more similar.
We value love and harmony, honor and respect, family and hard work. We find joy in the relationships we have made with friends. As we associated with and shared the stage with our friends from the Beijing Dance Academy, it was evident in our culture and in theirs that these values are present in our daily conversations and spirits.
This encounter we have had has been one I will never forget. It has shown me that even though were are separated by thousands of miles, thousands of years of history, 15 hours and a language barrier, we will always be connected because of the values we share and the joy we feel when we are dancing.