Thank you so much! It is such an honor to receive this scholarship! I am 15 years old and I have been dancing for a total of 13 years. I study many types of dance including lyrical, contemporary, ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and acro at Seven Star School of Performing Arts in Brewster, NY. When I was young, my favorite styles of dance were jazz and tap. However, a few years ago, I found a new love for ballet. As I focused more on my ballet technique, I have seen a tremendous improvement in my dancing. It would be very difficult to pick a favorite style of dance now as I truly love them all.
I have been competing with SSSPA since I was 7 years old. My lyrical solo shown in the video in which I won this contest was choreographed by one of my favorite teachers, Jaclyn Yarusso. With this solo, I have won various awards including the title of Teen Miss Headliner at Headliners in Long Island, NY. Nicole and Donna Aravena, the owners of my dance studio, always strive to bring in the most amazing teachers and choreographers. I am so lucky to have such talented and inspirational individuals as mentors. Nicole and Jaclyn have had a huge positive influence on me as a dancer. They motivate me to work hard to be the best I can be and I am so grateful to have them as teachers.
In the future, I plan to continue dancing as much as possible. I would love to continue dancing through college as well as perform in some sort of a company one day. I also would greatly enjoy teaching dance. Currently, I am an intern at my dance studio where I enjoy teaching younger students and assisting teachers. I love being able to share what I have learned with other younger, aspiring dancers. Dance has always been a huge part of my life and I can't imagine my life without it.
Thank you again,