Mia de Jong - September 2016 Viewers' Choice

I’ve been taking dance for 10 years.   For the majority of that time, I’ve been taking classes and participating on the competition team at Dancers Edge in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.   I study lyrical/contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, ballet, and tap.  My favorite style is hard to pick because I love them all, but I think I connect best with lyrical/contemporary routines.  I would like to thank the owners of my studio, Cathy-Lee Hambright-Ward and Christy Hambright Carter for their continued support and their commitment to giving our dancers the opportunity to work with the best instructors and choreographers in the industry.   I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.  Thank you to Allain Lupien who choreographed this beautiful dance.  I love working with him and his family.  Also, a big thanks to my instructor and costume designer, Sam Jones.  He doesn’t settle for any less than my best.     

This solo piece is something that I really enjoyed performing at competitions.  I loved putting myself into it emotionally.  I think competing in dance has made me a better person.  Competing requires discipline, focus, drive, time management, physical fitness and teamwork.  All of these skills translate to my everyday life, particularly as a high school student.  After high school, I intend to go to college while continuing to make dance a big part of that experience, perhaps as a second major.  I would eventually like to go to medical school.

Thank you theworlddances.com and Harlequin Floors for this scholarship!

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