Sam Opsal: 2018/19 Season Reflections

Our Seventh Season has come to a close, and it's time to look back on the year and see what stood out to the dancers.

Sam Opsal

Q. Pick one word to describe this season overall. Why?

A. Transformational. This season had several changes, most notably Ballet 5:8's space has transformed as we moved to our beautiful new studios, but apart from that the company also grew in strength and tenacity throughout a season that continually showed God's faithfulness.

Q. What was your favorite moment onstage?

A. My favorite moment was dancing the Spring pas de deux in Des Moines. It was special in many ways as the last show of Four Seasons of the Soul for the year, performed during the actual spring season, and with my family in the audience for the first time in several years!

Q. Looking back, would you say that you learned something new about yourself or found yourself stretched out of your comfort zone?

A. For this past season I was challenged in many ways that helped me learn once again the importance of relying on God and his love rather than just pushing through solely on my own power. I definitely felt my stamina and strength was pushed this year past my comfort zone. In the course of The Space in Between program I had over 80 lifts which, although tiring, was a wonderful opportunity for growth.

Q. Is there a particular quote or idea that has been inspirational to you this season?

A. This year I have been particularly inspired by Philippians 4:8: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

Q. What are you up to this summer?

A. During the summer I will be teaching in Ballet 5:8's Summer Intensive as well as dancing and cross training to prepare for next season!