Courtney Campbell - April 2016 Viewers' Choice

I started dancing when I was 3 years old.  I have two older sisters who were also dancing, and I wanted to be like them. I am currently at 3 different studios, because not every studio has all of the genres that I dance. I train at Dance Town Boca, in Boca Raton, FL, I take Hip hop at U4ria Dance studio in Coconut Creek Florida, and my Tap training is at Real Dance in Lighthouse Point, Fl. I currently train in Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe, Ballroom, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Improv and Acro. My favorites are Contemporary, Improv and Hip hop.

I was very blessed to be introduced to Danielle Moore shortly after we moved to South Florida, and am very thankful for the instructions and training from Holly Ryder Robinson. Danielle taught me how to not just listen to the songs, but to find and hear all of the beats, sounds, and background music instead of just listening to the lyrics, and to dance with music. When you dance to the music and let your soul hear, you have more freedom. I listen to all eras and types of music and find something I like and improv to it. I like Lana Del Ray, and her song "Video Games" was a beautiful song to dance to.

This year my competition experience has been wonderful.  I choose my competitions when they are having a convention schedule also.  This way I am getting more training with awesome instructors from all over, who have done what I am hoping to accomplish as well. I am able to preform for them and get their critiques and insight for how I can improve and become better. I've won many awards and Scholarships over the years and am so thankful for all of them.

I started competing 9 years ago. I loved my team from Orlando, and when we had to relocate, getting a new dance family is really what helped me in our transition., and what kept things semi normal for me. 

My advice to younger dancers would be to do competitions, be a part of a team, learn, embrace competing on stage in group numbers, to perform solos as well, and to participate with their studio. Realize up front that they will be making a commitment, and it will involve sacrifices, but it will be worth it.

My inspiration to dance? I am always wanting more. I am inspired by so many dancers, professionals, teachers, and friends.  I always want to learn, grow and accomplish new things that I have not done yet.

My immediate future for the summer is doing a two week college summer intensive, and three weeks in NYC. I was able to experience LA last summer, and now want to embrace the east coast.  My  long term goals will include working on my choreography, attending many conventions, attending a College for the Arts, doing Commercial work teaching and eventually opening my own studio.
 
Thank you again!