Paige McFarlain - Feb. 2015 Viewers' Choice

Thanks Harlequin Floors for this wonderful opportunity! I am 13 years old. I have been dancing for 10 years.  I study ballet at Laeral Dance Academy and am a part of the Missouri City Ballet in Texas. I study lyrical, jazz, and modern as well as ballet which is my favorite. 

I attended the Texas Ballet Theatre summer intensive last year and improved immensely. It was that intensive that really sparked my passion for ballet. This scholarship will go towards my attending the Kaatsbaan summer intensive in New York. 

The piece performed in my video is a variation from Act 1 of Coppelia.  I will be performing the lead role of Swanhilda in the Missouri City Ballet’s production to be performed this coming April.  

I am inspired to dance by my teacher Lauren Anderson who, against the odds, ascended to prima ballerina in the Houston Ballet. When I get older, I plan to become a professional ballerina and choreograph for a company when I’m too old to dance.  

I would like to thank my ballet mistress, Sharon Teague for her help with my ballet skills as well as life skills and my family for encouraging me to pursue a ballet career and helping me every step of the way.  I also want to thank everyone who voted for me!!