Darriel Johnakin - Mar. 2015 Judges' Choice
I am honored to be chosen as the Judges' Choice scholarship recipient. I am currently a freshman at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. I love my school and I'm currently taking 3 hours of dance each day and also attend classes at my studio, Inmotion Performing Arts Center (IMPAC) 5 days a week. I'm very excited to be attending Nationals in Las Vegas this year and will also attend the summer intensive at my studio.
I would advise other dancers to strive for your best and know that there is always someone working harder, so keep the intensity going.  I'm also inspired by other dancers when they have an outstanding performance and I want to have a better one. My competition season this year has been the amazing and I'm getting adjusted to the stage atmosphere and love it. My solo that I submitted was choreographed by the amazing Jenn Freeman and it was an awesome experience to work with someone with such amazing and unique talent. In closing, I would not have been able to to this without my family and my IMPAC family, especially Ms. Marie Gaschler who has helped mold and trained me to be the dancer I am today.