If I were to go back in time and ask 3 year old me what I thought CPAC would mean to me one day, I would have never imagined the impact this place would have on my life. CPAC has not only been a second home to me over the past 15 years, but has helped me discover who I want to be as an artist and a person. Each person I have met along my journey has impacted me in so many ways and I cannot wait to share what you all have taught me over the years with whomever I cross paths.
Nancy, I truly do not even know what to say. You have created such a place that not only teaches kids how to dance, but teaches us how to work together, how to share a stage, share laughter, tears, and so many special moments with each other. You have provided THE GREATEST facility and choreographers to work with and I am forever grateful. Thank you from the very bottom of my heart for each and every opportunity you have provided me. There are so many things I have set out to do in this world, and you have guided me along this journey. Your generosity and true love for this art form shines through you and CPAC is so incredibly lucky to have you as their creator, supporter, and amazing woman that you are.
Kristen, you have not only taught me every bit of technique I have, but you taught me how to love ballet. You make each and every class something so exciting. It makes my heart so happy to think of all the Taylor Swift songs you would play in makeup ballet and all the times I would sing my heart out to “Breathe” during plies, “Everything Has Changed” during rond de jambes, “White Horse” for our waltz, and so many more. Thank you for all the laughs, and for taking time to foresee my goals and help me work towards them. I am truly going to miss your classes.
Katie, I will never forget my first ever dance with you, “Military”. Each time I think about this dance, I cannot help but smile so big and remember the (many) times Avery, Chase, and I would run to you and ask to turn it into a trio. You have been such a great tap teacher, but an even greater influence on me. I am so thankful for all of our talks about life and nutrition. I love you so much.
Zack, you have changed me as a dancer. You taught twelve year old Gracie how to be tough and work through pain even when it is hard. You have not only taught me incredible life tips in the studio, but outside… like when a group of us got a golf cart stuck in mud and had to call you to save the day. I learned never to trespass again (haha). In all seriousness, you have helped me grow so much and I am so thankful for all the one-on-one workouts and solo rehearsals we have had together and all the duo rehearsals. Jude and I could have never done any of this without you… so many good memories!
Jordan, you are the absolute most creative person I have ever met. You are a genius. You have not only helped me grow as a contemporary dancer, but as an artist. You have taught me that it is not all about the “tricks”. There is so much more that goes into dancing and you bring out such rawness in dancers. I am going to miss learning from you so much. Thank you for being so so inspiring.
Tessa, you have been one of my greatest inspirations for a long time now. Thank you for always believing in me and for continuing to push me past my limits. I am going to miss all of the great times we have shared, laughing until crying in rehearsals, that stupid roll I can never figure out, updates on my headspins, to talking about what it takes to make it in the dance world. I cannot wait to utilize what you have taught me in heels so that I can dance with Brian and Scott (and Ari) one day. You have given me so much advice in which I could never repay. I will forever look up to you. Thank you for being like a big sister to me.
Jaime, Ashley, and Kelly, you guys make our dances come to life. The costuming you create is beyond exquisite and I feel honored every time I get to wear something you made. I could never thank you guys enough.
Jen, I cannot even begin to write this because there is no amount of words that could even come close to describing what you have done for me. You have been here with me from the beginning and not once have you ever doubted me… even when I doubt myself. Thank you for being the greatest friend, second mother, mentor, provider, all in one. I will carry all you have taught me, as a dancer and a person, with me wherever I go. I love you.
Lindsey, thank you for all that you do. None of this would be possible without you… thank you for always working around whatever commitments we have and for always lighting up the room with your beautiful smile.
Mom, Dad, and Christian, thank you for staying up until I get home from dance just so we can eat family dinner each night (I know it’s late) and you guys would not do this if you were not so supportive of my goals and dreams as a dancer…THANK YOU. I am so lucky and blessed to have you guys.
To my CPAC seniors, family, and my “Flossy Posse”, I am going to miss you guys so extremely much. These past nine years on team have been the greatest times of my life. We have all been through so much and I would do it all again in a heartbeat. You have all inspired me beyond belief and I am so extremely grateful and honored to have shared the stage with each and every one of you.
To Grace, you are so special. I cannot believe you just moved here two years ago. You have been one of the greatest pleasures in my life. I thank God for your friendship each and everyday. You light up each and every single room you walk in and I do not know what I did to deserve you as my “little sister”. Thank you for inspiring me and allowing me to take you under my wing. You are going to accomplish amazing things in life… there is no doubt in my mind. I love you.