Lauren Katchem - Feb. 2015 Judges' Choice

I have been dancing since I was 3. I study dance at Barb's Centre for Dance and Makaroff School of Ballet  I study Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Lyrical. Contemporary dance is my passion.

I would like to acknowledge Brittany Piech for her amazing choreography, Jeanette Makaroff for teaching me discipline and technique, Jennifer Ferrell for always pushing me to be better and Katie Nooyen for her confidence in me when I didn't have confidence in myself.  I would also like to thank Barb Cedergren for running such a great studio.

I have been competing since I was in the 5th grade.  I have been to many competitions and conventions. My favorite is Jump.  I love the competition but also training during convention is very inspiring! 

My advice for younger dancers hoping to one day participate in competitions is to be yourself.  Find your own style and be confident in your movement.

So many people inspire me. Desmond Richardson is my main inspiration. I really connect with his style and movement. 

My dream is to dance in a company in NYC. After high school I plan to attend a dance program for my BFA and then see where that takes me. 

Thank you again!