Spotlight: Destiny Polk
by The Milton Measure on Friday, June 5th, 2015
Amongst the many talented students of this year’s graduating class, Destiny Polk has been a standout artist since joining the Milton community as a freshman. Not only is she a vital part of the dance community, but she is also an active creative writer, on and off campus. Through both genres of art, it is clear that Destiny has had a strong role in shaping Milton’s art community.
When asked how Milton has affected her art, Destiny shared her areas of inspiration. Kelli Edwards’ General Dance and Advanced Choreography classes allowed her to push the boundaries of dance and uncover herself as a dancer and story teller. Milton’s English courses pioneered her interest for creative writing.
God and religion the focal point of many of her works, Destiny says that both her writing and dances are often very spiritual. She always tries to perform with the purpose of moving her audience. A lot of her work is based off emotions or stories that inspire: her biggest inspiration of all being human pain. She likes to choreograph dances about issues that people may feel uncomfortable talking about. When confronted with the final performance, viewers have no choice but to watch and wrestle with her topics, some of which include sexual assault, suicide, and bullying, all issues Destiny feels the community should talk about.
The Winter Dance Concert showcased some of Destiny’s most prominent accomplishments of her Milton career. Contributing as a dancer freshman year and as a co-choreographer and choreographer for the following years, Destiny cites the Dance Concert as her favorite part of the year because it is her time to completely be herself and to share something that means so much to her with so many people.
Throughout the years, Dance Concert has become more meaningful to Destiny, as each year she has tried to produce a dance with more layers and depth. Last year, her dance, which she choreographed with Pat McLaughlin ‘14, was about addiction, a subject very personal to both of them. This year, her dance revolved around systematic genocide, another topic that she feels cannot be ignored.
Destiny also indicates that her African-American History class has also greatly influenced her work. Not only has it taught her a lot about history in general, but it has also taught her about herself and her place as a citizen of this world. The class challenged her as a thinker and helped her form and express strong opinions on current events. This fall, Destiny will be attending Wesleyan University, where she plans to double major in dance and in another, yet-to-be-determined area. Though she’s not sure if she’ll continue writing through an academic route, she will surely continue to write in her free time and in extracurricular activities. As Destiny spends her last few days in Hallowell, the place she has called home for these past four years, she leaves this last piece of advice: “Never doubt your talent or potential because in the end, you are your biggest barrier.”
Short URL: http://miltonmeasure.org/?p=7182