Thank you so much. I am honored to receive this award. My name is Madi Hicks. I am 17 years old. I have been dancing for 15 years. I will be a senior at my performing arts high school in Dallas Texas this year. I compete at some competitions like Move with my studio -- Dance Industry Performing Arts Center in Plano, Texas. Jess Hendricks is one of my teachers, choreographed the solo in my video and is my mentor and my favorite teacher. I also love and have worked with Kim McSwain and Andy Pellick. I was the 2011 National Teen Winner at NYCDA and a 2013 YoungArts Winner for a self-choreographed modern solo. I study all forms of dance but consider myself mainly a contemporary dancer. I plan to study dance in college and hope to dance for a contemporary company and choreograph as an adult. I am motivated and inspired by other dancers and watching all forms of dance. Dance is my life. I am in an article in Dance Spirit magazine this month as one of three finalists for their cover model. Here is a link to the story as well as voting which takes place till July 15. www.dancespirit.com/cms/
Thank you again for this honor and your interest in my dance world.