Gabriella Annalise Flanders - Mar. 2015 Viewers' Choice

Thank you so much for this scholarship! I have been dancing for 10 years.  I study jazz, ballet, pointe, tap, lyrical and modern dance at Carmel Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA.)  Lyrical, jazz and ballet are my favorites.  I would like to acknowledge Tia, Laura, Sandra, Laurel, Philip, and Ashley -- wonderful teachers who have shaped my passion.  And Carol Richmond, the owner of the studio, for giving me lots of opportunities to excel and explore.

The Latin Dance Fest and Showcase is a Latin dance festival, run by my Uncle and Aunt (BB and Kiki), every January in Reno, Nevada.  For the past two years, they have invited me to perform in the nightly showcase, along with all the other world class acts.  This year, I got to help run the showcase with the director, and on the last night I even got to call the entire show! My uncle has supported my dance from the beginning, and is helping teach me about the business side of the dance world. 

Glen Jenkins, the choreographer of my piece in the video, is an amazing choreographer to work with, and has created many successful group and solo numbers for my dance studio.  My main coach, Tia Brown, helped to polish the number and get it ready for competitions.

My advice for younger dancers preparing for a performance or competition is that you need to stay calm, get into your "zone", and dance from your heart.

My inspiration to dance is I like to make people feel something when I dance.  I cannot imagine my life without dance.

This summer I am going to Joffrey New York's ballet intensive, and I cannot wait.  This scholarship will help to pay for that experience. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for my video!  Some day I'd like to work on Broadway or get into a contemporary ballet company.  Eventually, I would like to become a dance teacher and own my own studio.

Here is a link to my Go Fund Me site, acknowledging the scholarship from Harlequin Dance Floors and The World Dances:   http://www.gofundme.com/sendgabby2nyc

Here is a link to our AirBnb listing.  I have worked since I was 10 years-old, making beds, cleaning bathrooms, and greeting guests, all to help pay for dance lessons and expenses:  

Profile page:   https://www.airbnb.com/users/show/2678120

The listing for Gabby's room:  https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/544970\