Dancers of Minnesota: Reyna Yardley

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Reyna Yardley for Dancers of Minnesota. Photo by Matt Blewett

When and where did you start dancing?

Reyna Yardley for Dancers of Minnesota. Photo by Matt Blewett

I started dancing when I was three years old at Summit Dance Shoppe. When I was younger I loved dancing with my friends and learning my line’s jazz dance because they were always so fun and sassy.

How has your style progressed?

When I was younger my style was more ballet and lyrical and recently my style is more contemporary and lyrical. In my early years of dance I loved ballet, I had many ballet dances a solo, duet, and a small group so I did a lot of ballet! Today I love contemporary and lyrical styles.

What do you love about dance today?

Today what I love about dance is that you can do anything you feel and it’s not considered right or wrong. I also feel like their is no judgement which creates a very encouraging environment for me to grow and be myself.

Reyna Yardley for Dancers of Minnesota. Photo by Matt Blewett

What challenges you have sustained in your dance career?

This past year I joined Maple Grove Dance Team and continued to dance at Summit Dance Shoppe I enjoy both of them very much but sometimes they over lapped and I also had to find time to finish my school work. Making sure I was caught up in school, dance team, and at studio was definitely a big challenge for me.

Reyna Yardley for Dancers of Minnesota. Photo by Matt Blewett

What have you learned from the challenge above?

One lesson I learned from my challenge was to communicate with your team, coaches, and teachers about any issues or time conflicts. At first I thought they would be angry and annoyed that I was going to be missing or leaving early but instead they were happy that I told them and we could figure it out together.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

The best piece of advice that I’ve gotten is to believe what you think, not letting one bad score change how you think you did. Every judge likes something different so as long as you think you did your best and had a good run that’s all that matters.

Do you want to give a shout out to anyone?

I’d like to give a shout out to Stephanie Wise Olsen-Elm, my Summit Dance Shoppe family, all of the Maple Grove Dance Team coaches, and my parents for supporting and encouraging me through all these years!

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