Daisy Kwok, 18, joined her school’s hip-hop club and discovered a passion for dance. Over the years, her initial shyness transformed into self-assurance as she embraced the chance to learn new skills. For Kwok, dance is a way to express herself and come to terms with being vulnerable in front of an audience. Kwok now leads a hip-hop dance team at Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco and helps new dancers find their own passion for dance. She shared her story as part of KQED's Youth Takeover Week.
The music starts.
I freeze, not for the first time. In five rounds, I'll be met with imploring eyes, begging me to take that first step.
But I can never seem to do it; my feet are cemented. When I’d joined my school’s Hip Hop Club all those years ago, how was I supposed to know that I would end up here? Shaping a budding dance team when I couldn't even freestyle without crying.
From a young age, I grew up unconsciously adhering to stereotypes. I was in student government, got straight "A's" and played volleyball. They aren’t necessarily bad things, but I felt tied down by obligations. I’d forgotten what it was like to be passionate.