Logan Howell - July 2015 Viewers' Choice
I have been dancing since I was 3 years old, starting with clogging and moving into Hip Hop at age 5 in WA state.  After 1 year of Hip Hop we moved to Wisconsin where I pursued my love for it. I have been dancing at Encore Dance Academy for 6 years and for 7 years at Studio Y. I specialize in Hip Hop, but I also take ballet technique classes, as well as ballroom classes. The solo I performed this past year was a mix of some sharp, crisp hip hop moves to flow, smooth moves. With a few added break dancing tricks in it as well. I'm not sure what I would call this style. Any suggestions? My solo choreographer is Dana Kruege. She has choreographed my solos for the past 7 years, including this year. She makes up the choreo for me, but she always leaves some time for me to freestyle in the dance. For example, this year's dance the last 15 seconds or so was all freestyle. This year was especially difficult for her to choreograph, because this type of style was different from what I had been doing in the past years. But she told me it was one of her favorites to choreograph! I would like to thank my Mom first of all for being there for me, and driving me to all the practices and competitions. She is my #1 fan, and I can always count on her. I don't know where I'd be without her. Secondly, I would like to thank Dana Krueger for choreographing an amazing dance this year! Also, she and I over the years have developed a bond, so if she is struggling with a word or dance move I automatically know what she is talking about! She is an amazing person and I would like to acknowledge her for it. Lastly, I would like to thank Katie Nooyen. She has been my teacher for 7 years now and a few more to come. She is super energetic and nice and we have also developed a special bond. She is truly amazing. I have been to many dance competitions over the years, but I will share one of the most recent ones. I took 2nd overall at Rainbow Dance Nationals this past month. I received a special judges award called, Future B-boy award, at Showstoppers. Along with a On Fire award from Rainbow Dance Nationals.  I was Mr Dance Magic 2 years in a row and Entertainer of the Day Award at Applause. I have been dancing competitively since I was 5. The advice I would give to dancers is to not be afraid to try something new.  Take that class you said you were going to take, but never did! Put your mind to it and you can do it! Another tip I suggest is, if you mess up, mess up big! Don't show that you messed up just keep dancing! One last thing is, practice it how you would perform it. If you're going 50% in class and you get out there on stage and you haven't done it 100% yet, you're going to only go 50%. So give it 100% effort and then get out on stage and give it all you got! When I was younger, I was put in dance to help with my coordination skills for sports.  I ended up quitting other sports and sticking with dance.  It was worth it. I don't know if it was the girls that inspired me or the fact that getting on stage meant that I was the  center of attention. But either way I love getting out there and performing for people, I love entertaining them. It's a joy. I haven't been thinking  much about the future, but I plan on going to a performing arts school.  I'm still uncertain, but a lot can change in a few short years...
Thanks again for the votes ....Keep on Dancin!!