Ashley Pierre-Louis - May 2015 Judges' Choice

First, I would just to start off by giving a huge thank you for this scholarship opportunity! Dance has been a passion of mine for 16 years now and I plan to continue studying this great art form in college. I study dance at New World School of the arts and also at Dance Unlimited Miami. I am very thankful to all the teachers and supporters that have molded me into the dancer I am today. Two teachers I will forever be grateful for are Ms. Kristin Liu and Ashlee Ann Ramsay. They never stop pushing me past my perceived limits and for that I am forever grateful.  

If I have any advice for younger dancers I would say never give up. Dance is a tough art form. At times I would tell myself I wasn't good enough or I would say I can't make a living out of dance. The reality of it is that I love dance and I wouldn't trade it for the world. Yes it's going to be tough but if you really love it, you will find a way to make it work out for you. 
Thank you again for this incredible opportunity and good luck to future applicants!