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    “On the spot: Ariana Brawley, Dance Junior”

    The semester is winding down. Do you have any fun plans ahead?

    I’m planning to actually take a semester off dance and move to China to study abroad. I’m going to be focused on intercultural communications and learning Chinese. Hopefully I’ll be able to take some dance classes while I’m there, but I’ll mostly be studying away.

    Cool! So is that something you want to pursue later on? International relations?

    I’m mostly interested in studying cultures in general, and I am a performer, but I see in the distant future some sort of job in dance anthropology or ethnography — studying how dance affects cultures.

    That sounds pretty interesting. Are there any other places you plan on going after China — or any places you hope to visit?

    Everywhere. (Laughs.) Honestly, one of my biggest life interests in dance, and just my general interest in humans, is just to see all of the cultures of the world.

    So no place you can pinpoint in particular?

    Oh, I don’t know. How can I choose? I do really want to go to Italy.

    Always a good choice, but my question to you is: Do you know any Chinese as of now? I have heard that it is a hard language to learn.

    I know not one word of Chinese. (Laughs.) I’m planning on using this summer to study.

    Well, Pei Wei is down the way. They usually have a few words on the back of fortune cookies. You know, like “”grape”” and “”sun”” or something.

    (Laughs.) That is true. Maybe as a last resort.

    — Dallas Williamson

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