Thank you so much for selecting me for this scholarship!! I have been dancing for 15 years. I currently attend Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where I train in Ballet and Modern daily and have also taken Tap, Jazz, Partnering, International, Pedagogy, and Composition. I would like to thank all of my teachers at Booker T., and all my past teachers from various studios for making me the dancer I am today! I would not be here without you! The piece I performed in the video was choreographed by Peta Barrett. Learning this solo was such an incredible experience because I got to fly to San Francisco and work with her after having her as one of my teachers at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Intensive. It was very challenging for me because it pulled me out of my comfort zone. My friends and mentors inspire me to dance. Seeing their accomplishments and watching them makes me want to have those same things. My future plans are to attend Texas Christian University and get a BFA in Modern Dance as well as a BA in Arts Administration and General Business. After that, I would love to dance for Taylor or a contemporary company, own my own studio, or work in arts management. My instagram is @paige_kutschall.