Favorite color: Blue
Favorite show or movie: Friends or Law & Order SVU
Beverage: Smoothies (any kind)
Favorite game: UNO
Musical artist: Too many to pick from – I love all genres of music!
Fun Fact: First, I was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota but raised in Chanhassen, MN. Second, I played soccer competitively for about ten years.
When I grow up I want to be: A Physical Therapist
We are hosting a mini session weekend over MEA (Oct. 17-20).
Cost: $50/dancer. 100% of proceeds will benefit www.mndancenews.com and their coverage of high school dance this winter.
What/who got you into dance? Why do you stay?
I started dancing when I was five years old, my mom took me to my first class at Chanhassen Dance and Performing Arts Centre. I started start dancing competitively at around age 10. For the past five years, I attended Velocity Dance and Theater where I competed on their competition lines.
I have been involved in many different sports and athletics all my life, but the one I had the greatest passion for and enjoyed the most was dance. Dance is such an escape for me, it is what I do to de-stress. Dance has also provided me with an amazing relationships and a supportive group of friends and coaches that I have grown to call my second family. I honestly just love everything about dance and what it has to offer for an individual.
What is your favorite dance skill to perform, why?
My favorite dance skill to perform is turns. It is is my favorite because of the wide variety of types of turns that are out there. I love trying trying new and challenging turn sets with different spots, arm placement, counts, etc. There is a unique creative element in turns that is so fun to play around with.
What is your favorite memory of the 2018-19 season?
The 2018-19 season was the best and most unforgettable season yet. I have so many wonderful memories it is hard to narrow it down, here are two of my favorites.
Stepping off the stage at nationals this summer with my Velocity performance contemporary group after completing a dance called ‘The Pugilist’ together for the last time. As the only senior, I couldn’t help but start balling and then all of my teammates huddling around and hugging me backstage.
The second highlight was placing in the top five in my solo performance in the senior division at Nationals. I remember being totally shocked and the amazing reaction from my coach and teacher, Ali, from Velocity Dance and Theatre.
What is the most difficult challenge you have had to overcome in dance?
How did you get through and what did you learn from it?
The most difficult challenge I had to overcome in dance is becoming comfortable in my own skin and not letting myself get in my head when performing a solo or improv. I would worry too much about what other people would think if I messed up or did not perform perfectly. I had to learn to let loose of those fears and simply perform my dance.
Focusing on what others though often resulted in me getting frustrated and discouraged with myself, which affected my overall performance. It took me time and practice to gain confidence and recognize the dancer my coaches knew I was. I still get disappointed if I don’t nail something right away in practice or on stage but now I use that as motivation be better and and determination to keep working hard. I credit my coaches and dance teachers at my studio for helping me get through this.
Through this process I learned that it’s OK to not be perfect nor is it possible to be. There is always room for improvement and getting better because that, along with having fun and enjoying what you are doing, are essentially goals.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
The best piece of advice that I’ve ever received is is from my mom, to treat others the way you would want to be treated (The Golden Rule).