Fredonia • Kansas
I found my passion for dance when I was 11 years old. I realized that catching up to the level that other girls my age were dancing was going to take a lot of work. I have never stopped striving to be the dancer I knew I was capable of being. I am now 16 years old. I have found dance as a way of living and I have caught up to where I needed to be at a competitive level with lots of determination. On January 21st of this year, I fell wrong out of a jump while performing and tore my ACL and MCL in my left knee. The first question I asked after getting injured was "Will I be able to dance again?" On February 12th I had surgery and was told that I would not be able to go back to my full level of dancing until October of 2016. Once you find dance as a way of living, it is the hardest thing to give up. I am now rehabilitating and waiting for the day I am able to dance again! This has taught me to never give up even if you feel like it is impossible. Set your goals high and don't stop until you get there! I am fortunate to be a student teacher for younger kids at my studio and while recovering I have found my love for choreographing. I am finding ways such as this to cope while remaining active in what I am able to do with dance right now. I am working as hard as I can in therapy to come back even stronger than I was before and can't wait for that day. I have no doubt that dance will always be an important part of my life.