Annika Vaughn - October 2016 Judges' Choice

I have been dancing since I was 2 years old. For a long time I studied ballet intensively. I was offered a full ride scholarship to the Kirov Academy of Ballet, but had a change of heart just before I was going to go. I have been a competitive dancer at Dance Connection Scottsdale and at Master Ballet Academy. I love contemporary and lyrical. 

I would like to acknowledge the choreographer, Kira DeMartino, for believing in me and always helping me strive for greatness. My choreographer and I put our hearts and souls into this last piece. It is a dance I will cherish forever. I'd also like to thank, Slawomir Wozniak and Irina Wozniak for furthering my ballet technique and always helping me be the best possible technician that I can be. 

Competitions/conventions help make you push. Being able to see the amazing talent surrounding you pushes you to be better. Healthy competition always creates a strong dancer. 

After I quit studio competive dance, I entered the pom world. I am the Varsity Captain of my high school pom team and intend to pursue pom at the collegiate level.  

Thank you so much for this opportunity! 
Annika Vaughn