Meet the artist: Courtney Commodore

Lucy Sloan, Copy editor

What’s your passion and how did you find it?
I’m involved in dance, I’m in band, I also play the guitar, piano and drums and I sing in choir. I was kind of forced into piano lessons at [age] four, and it just developed and continued. I started drums at eight, guitar at 10 and flute at 10 also.
Is it hard to balance the IB program and those involvements?
It is to an extent, especially for band. There’s a lot more after-school rehearsals, but I really love the arts that I do, and it’s a way to break away from the academic part of my schedule, so I really look forward to it.
Have any advice for students struggling to balance school and art?
Remember who you are and what you love first. I know that a lot of times, people get caught up in making sure that their transcripts look perfect, but colleges realize when you’re only doing academics. If you take away that opportunity for you to do those arts, you may not have that opportunity in the future.
What are your future plans?
I really plan on doing choreography in the future. I want to go into the medical field, so that’s a completely opposite thing, but there are always classes to teach and classes to take. I mean, I’ve been doing choreography and teaching since seventh and eighth grade, so I couldn’t imagine not teaching in the future as far as dance.