Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite show or movie: Friends
Favorite beverage: Pink Lemonade
Favorite game or sport (besides dance): Clue
Favorite musicians: Taylor Swift, Khalid, Shawn Mendez
When I grow up I want to be… I want to be a doctor when i grow up, because I have always loved the thought of helping people.
When and where did you start dancing?
I took my very first dance class through Westonka Community Ed when I was only 2 years old. It was very sweet, and I had this cute little yellow costume. Then I danced at Katie Lien School of Dance for 7 years, before moving to Summit Dance Shoppe when I was 10 years old.
How has your style progressed?
When I was really young, I loved jazz and tap, and really just loved being on a stage with an audience. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to love ballet and the importance it plays in having great technique. I love expressing myself through a contemporary class, and love the high energy of jazz and jazz funk.
What do you love about dance today?
Dance is my passion, and Summit Dance Shoppe has become my home away from home, in terms of the people there, and our shared love of dance. SDS has offered me lots of opportunities to learn and grow in my passion, all of which I’m incredibly grateful for.
What are some challenges you have overcome in your dance career?
As I mentioned before, I decided to change studios when I was 10, since I was looking for a new challenge. Moving studios was a big difficulty for me, because I didn’t know many people, and that made it hard for me to show my personality and just have fun.
I also came from a smaller studio, and Summit Dance Shoppe is so big, that I felt a little intimidated. I had always been in awe of the talent I saw from SDS at competitions, and I wondered if I would be able to fit in. However, my experience at SDS has been simply wonderful and welcoming, and I have learned a tremendous amount already from my new dance family.
What is a lesson you learned from the challenge above?
I learned that I need to trust my teammates and keep pushing myself. I also need to try my best and not worry about other people. I have made many friends at Summit Dance Shoppe that are very supportive. The Instructors and level of talent are amazing at SDS, and I am so grateful to be dancing with so many amazing people.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
You be you.
Dance can be a very competitive sport, so I try to focus on improving my own skills, and not comparing myself to others. We all have different strengths, and it feels so much better to support each other as we are, than compete with one another.
Do you want to give a shout out to anyone?
Mike Dietz: I would like to thank Mike Dietz for choreographing my amazing, fierce solo last year, I really enjoyed working with him. He can teach me the most amazing and moving contemporary dance, and then the most high energy jazz funk combo, and I love them all!
Steph & Luke: Thank you for welcoming me to SDS, and giving me the opportunity to pursue my passion. I love your energy and talent, and am looking forward to another great year.
Allynne & Tommy: Thank you for leading an amazing ballet program at SDS. I have a new found love of ballet due to you.
Katie Lien – Thank you for your continued support.
I would also like to thank my friends and family for always believing in me!