Thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in your contest. Emma is 14 years old and has been dancing the past 9 years, with the last 6 being competitively. She takes classes in many disciplines of dance including: tap, Cecchetti, modern, jazz, pointe, lyrical, acrobatics and hip hop. The scholarship money that she won will be used to further her dance education this summer at the Dance Masters of America Student Honors Intensive Program. She attended this program last summer and learned so much from the various teachers that she felt strongly about attending again this year. Emma spends a large amount of her time at the studio and really enjoys learning new choreography that challenges her and ultimately makes are a better dancer. She tries to attend various camps, conventions, audition competitions, and performances to further her dance experience. She has had great success with her 2 previous solo performances whereby taking home many honors and she is looking forward to competing her Merry Happy solo this competition season which was choreographed by her teacher, Kevin Garvey.