What dance means to me:
“I do not remember my life without dance as it has been a huge part of my life from the beginning, and I’m so grateful that I was able to find my love for dance at such a young age. Dance has helped me go out of my comfort zone and be more open to people, and I consider each time I walk into the studio as another opportunity to learn something new about myself that I did not know before walking in those doors. Dance has taught me many life lessons that I use in and out of the studio. It has taught me responsibility, how to push myself, how to strive for my goals and more. I truly enjoy all aspects in dance and all the people in the wonderful dance community that I have been fortunate to meet and who share the same passion of dance that I have.”
What Extensions means to me:
“Where do I even start with describing what Extensions is to me. They are my family. I am at the studio with these extraordinary people more than I am at my own house, but I would not want it any other way. I am beyond grateful to say that I have been a part of this wonderful family since I was 9 years old and will continue to be an “Extensionite” after I graduate this upcoming year, and forever. Being a part of this company has taught me so much about myself and the discipline and love that is shared between the dancers and the faculty at Extensions has helped shape me into the person I am today. This is for sure as a result of all the energy and help Lizzie has invested in me throughout the years. I honestly can not thank her enough. The dancers at Extensions are truly the most welcoming people you will probably ever meet, and we spread love to one another and care for each other so much. We help each other through everything and when I say everything I mean literally everything. Most people say that their dance friends are “their best friends”, but Extensionites are so much more than that to me. They are my sisters and brothers, and I would not change it for the world. I honestly do not think I would be where I am today without them. I want to thank Lizzie Mackenzie and Lauren Brown for welcoming me into their family and helping me grow into the person I am today. I also want to thank my family for all the sacrifices they have took in order for me to be in a such a wonderful community.”
What I aspire to do after I graduate in 2021:
“After I graduate, I want to attend a university with a major in science and a minor in dance. When I was younger, I had my whole life planned out and I was going to major in dance and become a professional dancer. This changed when I got my first injury this year and had to go to physical therapy. Suddenly I was more open minded about the future. I knew I was interested in medicine and I also knew I wanted something more close to home. I hope to figure out when I am studying what I want to do in that field, but I’m okay with being uncertain at the moment. I want to continue to have dance apart of my life forever. I will continue to take classes in and out of college to keep the joy it brings me. It would also just be weird not taking like multiple classes a week. Overall, my path is not set in stone and I want to stay that way to see what’s to come.”
2019: Senior Company
2016: Teen Company
2014: Junior Company
2013: Extensions Too!
2012: Extensions Too!