Libby Patterson - Our November Dancer of the Month
Libby Patterson, describes herself as a “dedicated dancer.” She
says she loves to learn and grow as a person whether in school or at dance. She
also loves learning from teachers and choreographers at conventions and
intensives. While she loves her studio teachers, she likes to learn from others
and believes all teachers have something different to teach her. She says she
has a passion for dance and once she sets her mind to anything, nothing can
stop her. This summer she danced her solo at Nationals with a broken arm in a
full cast. After spending all year working on her solo and putting all that
work that into her solo, she just felt that she had to perform that solo, it
was just that important to her. She is very dedicated to what she loves and has
a real passion for those things she cares about.
Libby started dancing when she was four years
old. Since she used to love to dance around her home to princess videos, her
mom thought it might be fun to put her in some dance classes. As a result, they
tried a few classes at a local studio andLibby loved it immediately.
Her happiest moment related to dance was when she placed 5th overall this year
at Nationals in Myrtle Beach. Libby had broken her arm just tend days before
they left and as a result her arm had to be in a full cast. Four days before
they left, it was decided that she would wrap up her cast and do a modified version
of her solo. She was very pleased that she was able to dance at all and
incredibly proud when they called her name as fifth place overall. She was
unbelievably happy! Since she had no idea if she would place at all, she
believed fifth was a huge accomplishment! She also won a special award for
balance. The judges told her they were proud of her for coming out and dancing
while wearing a cast. Libby was also delighted when she was able to dance in
one of Artistic Design’s (her home studio’s) group dances. When she broke her
arm, she felt like she had let her team down because the group dance would have
to be re-choreographed without her. Therefore, being able to do the group dance
was a big deal and she was just ecstatic that she could still do her part!
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Ashley Beck - Our October Dancer of the Month
Our next Dancer of
the Month is Ashley Beck from the state of Georgia. Ashley studies dance at CK
Danceworks in the city of Dallas, Georgia. Her family consists of two very
supportive parents and a brother, Daniel. She is 12 years old, very motivated and
hard working, yet still very fun loving. She loves her pets, a cat named Winnie
and their new pet, a dog named Archer. Her favorite colors are lime green,
purple and pink. Ashley considers herself a true “girly girl” who loves
shopping and getting her nails done.
Ashley is actually a
very well-rounded girl and is involved in many activities. For instance, she
enjoys school where she maintains an A/B average. Additionally, she is an
active member of the Junior Beta Club and is also working towards earning her
Silver Award as a Cadette in Girl Scouts. Of course, let’s not forget all the
time she spends happily dancing away whether in classes, rehearsing or
performing. Ashley says she loves her dance family at CK Danceworks where she
believes she dances with some of the most amazing and talented girls she knows.
She has always wanted to dance and actually started dancing when
she was very young. According to her mom, at 12 months of age Ashley danced in
front of the TV whenever she had the chance. When she turned two, her mom asked
her if she wanted to dance and “play dress-up.” Of course, Ashley said, “Yes.”
She has been happily dancing ever since. Currently, Ashley takes lessons in
every style of dance – jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet, pointe, and hip-hop.
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