Dancer Profile: Alesa Hughson
After relocating from Flint, Alesa Hughson thought that she would have to give up highland dancing for good. Now, she has her ghillies back on, ready to pick up where she left off.
Alesa Hughson ’14
“I have something to do with my kilt again!” she says, laughing. “My dance teacher is ecstatic that I’m dancing again. It’s great to be able to say that I’m a highland dancer and not a retired highland dancer.”
Since she participated in highland dance from the age of 6 to 16, the Lake Ann sophomore has found that she is easily adapting to dance again—but she can’t say the same for the aches and pains that go with the strenuous footwork!
“It’s not exactly like getting back on a bike,” she says. “I don’t have to think about the easier dances, but sometimes I have to stop for a second while doing other dances. I have sore ankles right now, but it’s worth it.”
Though highland dancing is a passion of hers, Hughson, a psychology major, also is interested in pursuing neuroscience.
“I’ve always been interested in why people act the way they do and why they are the way they are,” she says. “I want to figure out which biological signals contribute to a person’s personality.”