My name is Jude Keingatti and I have danced at Columbia Performing Arts Centre for ten years now. These 10 years have been the best ten years of my life so far. CPAC has provided me with opportunities that few dancers get to experience. Such as train in the best dance facility, aka CPAC. Being able to train with world class instructors and choreographers right here at home has been absolutely incredible. I have also been given the opportunity summer after summer to go and enrich myself at other dance programs during the off season such as CPYB, Ballet Chicago, and the Alvin Ailey School. In my opinion the greatest blessing is being able to do all this under the sponsorship that Mrs. Laurie offers for a lot dancers here at CPAC. So with that said this experience that I have had here at CPAC has been a breathe taking dream and now that it’s coming to end I would like to thank all my teammates, teachers, and all those who made it this dream happen. I will miss you all and I wish everyone the best.
It really is crazy to me that my senior year is actually here. I have watched my sisters and friends over the years complete their last year here and graduate, but now that the time has come for me to do the same it is hard to believe. CPAC has been my second home ever since I was three years old, a place where I can do the thing I love most in life. I have always had a strong passion for dance, and thanks to Mrs. Nancy and the faculty here, I have been given so many amazing opportunities to dance and grow in many different ways. This studio has also been a place where relationships to last a lifetime have been created. It is so special to me that all of my best friends are those that I have made through dance.
Kristen, I remember my first ballet class with you eight years ago when I was in fourth grade. Back then, I didn’t know that ballet would eventually become my favorite style of dance and something I genuinely look forward to. I want to thank you so much for giving me the technique I have today. You have always pushed me to be a better dancer and have instilled a love for ballet in me that will never go away. Jordan, thank you for creating the most amazing dances, always giving us the best jazz and contemporary classes, and for always pushing us to do more. Your choreography is brilliant. Katie, thank you for constantly having the most contagious, positive attitude. Sorry you had to put up with my annoying first grade self; that must have been hard to deal with! Cara, thank you for being my first jazz teacher ever and for encouraging me to audition for the competition team. Candace, thank you for being the best first dance teacher and for making me want to come back each year for more. Zach, I am so grateful for all of your help and encouragement over the years; thanks for putting up with us! Jaime and Ashley, your costumes never fail to amaze me. You can take a choreographer’s costume idea and turn it into the most unique and beautiful creation. We are so grateful for your hard work to bring our dances to life. Lindsey, thank you for coordinating all of our events and rehearsals so that we, and our moms, always know what’s going on. Travis, thank you for always being in ballet to play piano; we are so fortunate to have an accompanist in class. Jen Lee, I really cannot imagine CPAC without you. You hold the competition team together. From spending countless hours making sure our dances look their very best, to always being there for us no matter what is going on, you are honestly like a second mom to all of us. There has never been a doubt in my mind that you care for all of us so much. Thank you for helping me develop an incredible passion for dance will remain with me forever. Last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank Nancy Laurie for the studio that I have spent the last 15 years of my life dancing at, creating memories that I will never forget. The facility is absolutely stunning, the faculty are all incredible, and the atmosphere is like no other. I could never thank you enough for all of the incredible opportunities you have given me over the years.
To my forever best friend, Anna Kate, thank you for being by my side always in dance and in life. I am so glad I got to grow up and make so many memories with you here at CPAC. From our very first years on the team to our last, we have come such a long way. Thank you for being so encouraging and positive in every class and rehearsal. You are such a incredible dancer and friend, and I love you more than words could ever explain. Also huge thank you to my amazing parents who have supported me in my dancing career. I am so grateful that you all put me in dance at such a young age and that you have been here through everything. Thank you for traveling with me, and putting up with me, for all of this time. I love you both so much. Although I am sad my time here is drawing to a close, I will carry all of the lessons I have learned into wherever life takes me next. I feel so blessed to have been apart of this studio for so long and I know I will cherish these memories for a lifetime. Chaka forever!
Anna Kate Sundvold
It’s crazy that this is my last year CPAC. Every time I think about it, I just can’t believe that my time here is coming to an end. Beginning competition in third grade, a little bit on the chubbier side of weight, and still playing basketball and soccer, I would have never imagined that my love for dance would grow as strong as it is now. I couldn’t think of anything else I would want to do everyday. Dance has become this outlet for me and I want to thank everyone at CPAC who I have danced with for allowing me to feel free in expressing who I am as a dancer.
Each year at CPAC has been special to me, but this year has to be the best because I get to have a duo with my best friend Katharine. Everyday I look at Katharine and strive to be the person she is. Not only is her personality amazing, but umm, have you seen her legs and feet? Yeah, I wish I could have that every single day! CPAC has allowed both of us to grow together and to learn and develop life skills that we wouldn’t have learned anywhere else. Katharine, thank you for being the best friend I could ever ask for. I do not know what I would do without you in my life. I do not know if we will end up at the same school, or on opposite sides of the country, but I do know we will never lose each other and will always be like sisters. I know you will do amazing things in life, especially when you’re fluent in Spanish, and will touch so many people’s’ lives just like you have touched mine.
Mom, Dad, Wilson, and Caroline… Thank you for putting up with my random talks about dance. Thank you for listening, or pretending to listen to me, when I learn a new dance and explain every single detail to you because I am so excited for it. Mom and Dad, thank you for allowing me to dance and for always being here for me when I need you all. Without you, I wouldn’t be at CPAC and doing what I love everyday. Caroline, where do I begin? Thank you for being you, for being my role model, for being someone I can always come to to talk to about life, for always putting up with my annoying self, and for always being there for me when I need you most. I strive to be like you daily and am always so proud to say that you’re my sister.
Jen Lee… Wow is all I can say. You have basically seen me in all stages of my life. You have helped raise me into who I am today and I couldn’t thank you enough for how positively you have impacted my life. I look up to you and will miss you so much. Thank you for never giving up on me and for inspiring me to be the best person I can be everyday. There truly aren’t enough words to say about how much you mean to me. Love you!
Kristen, thank you for always pushing me, for not letting me slack off, and for being the reason I love all types of ballet class. Without you, I would not be the dancer I am today. Not only do I thank you for helping with technique, but thank you for always being someone I can talk to outside of class. Honestly, inside and outside of ballet, you are the funniest person and your humor always brightens my days.
Jordan, thank you for being the most creative person I know. I look up to you in so many ways and am so fortunate to be able to have your class, dances, and you always pushing me to go outside of my comfort zone.
Katie, thank you for being someone I can always talk to. No matter what, I have always felt so comfortable talking to you and you always make me feel so loved.
Candace, you are really the first memory I have at CPAC. Thank you so much for being the beginning of my years here and for continuously smiling and saying hi to me. I always remember that when I can’t do something, I must say I “Can Dance” because you always would say that in your classes.
Cara, thank you for pushing me to join competition and for being my first jazz teacher. Without your push to join competition, I don’t know when I would’ve joined and if I would’ve felt comfortable enough to join.
Zack, thank you for always being here for me. Whenever I need to talk to someone, whenever I am hurting at conventions, whenever I need lifting help, and just anytime I look down, you are always asking if I am okay and I couldn’t thank you enough or tell you how happy that makes me feel.
Tessa, I remember as a little kid watching you dance and being so inspired. Katharine and I use to always try to impress you and your friends by dancing in front of you guys. Even with the few times you have instructed me at CPAC and have taught me at Bruin Girls, my senior year has gotten to be so much better and I couldn’t thank you enough for all the help you have given.
The costume shop, thank you for creating the most amazing costumes that bring our pieces to life. You all are just amazing to watch and I am always so astonished by the number of costumes you have to make in such a short period of time.
Lindsey, thank you for everything you do. You have always been the rock at CPAC and have kept things together in so many ways, while keeping a calm attitude.
To all my fellow dancers, thank you for giving me the most fun experiences I could ever ask for. Enjoy every moment you have here because it will soon be over. I couldn’t thank you all enough for all you guys have done in my life.
And last but not least, Miss Nancy. Thank you so much for providing me this place I call my second home. You have provided me so many special people in my life that have all helped shape me into who I am today. Thank you for providing us dancers with the most amazing opportunities, amazing staff and choreographers, and the most amazing facility. I truly do not know how to thank you enough for everything.
CPAC will always hold a special place in my heart and I will never forget the memories I have made here. I am so sad to think this is my last Showcase, but I am also so excited to see where my future goes with the help of everything I have learned here. Here’s to one last time. CHAKA!!!
4I’m a Senior at Rock Bridge, and I have been dancing for 15 years. I started dancing on CPAC’s ensemble team 9 years ago. I am so grateful for my amazing teachers, choreographers, and studio. There is no other team I would want to be apart of, the people here are not just my friends but my family. The opportunities I have received at CPAC have changed my life, and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them. Thank You! Chaka!