1 in 1900: Cole Van Hauen

November 1, 2017

“I get up and get ready, go to school and take class, get really bored! Then after school gets out I go home, I’ll have an hour or two to myself before I have to get ready, and go to dance from 4:30 to 9:00 or 10:00. I go home and do homework, go to bed, and repeat.” This is an average day for senior Cole Van Hauen, student, son, and dancer.

“I started out with hip hop because my grandma was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I saw all these cool breakdancers,’ so I started out fifth grade. I started doing tap, jazz, ballet, and everything else. When I got to eighth grade, I started getting more serious, and now I’m like this is what I want to do with my life like I really like this, it’s kind of turning into a lifestyle thing,” Van Hauen shared.

His dance career has helped shape him as a person, teaching him the value of work ethic. A few years ago, at Nationals for a dance convention, Cole and his team were rehearsing on stage when he made a mistake. In front of 300 other dancers and faculty, his teacher yelled at him.

“She was like, ‘If you can’t do this right, I can change it. I can take you out of this piece. You need to get your crap together,’ and I was like, ‘Oh wow.’ It kind of made me realize that I really want to work hard at this and that I just can’t keep sleeping through my life. It was one of the main things that made me start dancing hardcore,” Van Hauen finished.

Like most teenagers, he has sources of inspiration, people who he aspires to be like.

“There are a lot of upcoming dancers even younger than me that are outstanding and perfect, but there is this one person named Dusty Button. She has perfect technique, but she has this contemporary movement that makes her really interesting to watch. I would love to dance like her. She’s perfect,” disclosed Van Hauen.

Apart from taking inspiration from other dancers, Van Hauen has learned from his family members, such as his grandmother.

“[My grandmother] was a big person in my life for a really long time. She passed away three years ago from lung and breast cancer, so she had a lot of health issues. She was always really special to me, and she was always like my biggest supporter. She was always sort of a big part of my life,” he disclosed.

The teen also has a close relationship with his mother.

“[My mom and I] have a pretty good relationship. We’re basically the same person which is why we get in a lot of arguments. She’s taught me a lot of good things. I feel like I wouldn’t be as good of a person as I think I am if it weren’t for her,” Van Hauen stated.

He also hopes to spread positivity throughout WHS and use what his mother has taught him.

“Because I’m not like the traditional guy there are still people who I’ve never done anything to who have been really rude to me for no reason, and I used to get really offended. Then my mom said, ‘If someone is bullying you, ignore them, and they’ll stop’ and that actually really helped because now I feel like I can ignore them and associate with people I like and who like me back. It’s easier for me to be happier and make other people happy that way.” Dance is a huge part of his life, and unsurprisingly, his future plans include the art.

“If I go to college, I’ve looked into USC and TISCH and Chapmann and some other places along the coast,””

— Cole Van Hauen

 “But if I don’t, I’ll probably audition for a ballet company or a contemporary company,” he finished.

Van Hauen already knows the specifics of which ballet and contemporary companies he is interested in and said, “I’ve thought a lot about Complexions Ballet and have taken a lot of classes from them. Then if I go out and try again, I’ll move to Master Ballet Academy in Arizona.”

Wherever Van Hauen decides to go, he will continue to spread positivity, and when all else fails, dance.

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