Thank you so much for this scholarship! I am so excited to receive it. I study at Lowe Dance Studio in Voorhees, New Jersey and I have been dancing there since I was 5. Along with ballet, I study Pointe, jazz, tap, modern, and lyrical. (But ballet and Pointe are my favorites!) I am a member of the Voorhees Ballet Theatre which is the Dance Ensemble at my studio. We perform 2 full length ballets a year. We just finished “The Nutcracker” in which I was the Sugar Plum Fairy! I participate in competitions with the Lowe Dance Studio Competition team. We usually do about 5 competitions a year ranging from local to national levels. This year I will compete in 5 group dances, a jazz trio, and a Pointe solo. I would like to thank my ballet teacher Suzanne C. Steinbach for being the greatest and teaching me everything I need to know. I take class with her everyday and I would not be the dancer I am today without her instruction. She is an amazing teacher and I'm so grateful for her! As for future plans, I'm currently auditioning for dance programs in colleges. In a few months I will also audition for ballet companies, just to see what would come of that. I am definitely going to continue dancing no matter what path I take, whether it's performing or being a dance teacher. After spending the last two summers studying with the American Ballet Theatre in NYC, my dream is to go to Juilliard...fingers crossed!
Thanks again for the award, I'm very grateful! Happy New Year!!