Hunter Forthaus

I can’t believe it’s already time to perform in my last showcase. I remember reading all the senior bios of years past and thinking that it would be forever until I got there, until I would write one; it’s crazy how time flies. 

Growing up with my second family here has been an utterly incredible experience. Being surrounded by all my closest friends, having the immeasurable wisdom and support of all the teachers, nothing could come close to how at home I feel here. CPAC has been my home for ten years now, and everyone and everything here will always hold a place in my heart. 

To Ms. Nancy Laurie, no amount of gratitude I express could fully tell how thankful I am of every opportunity I’ve received. Because of you, I’ve been able to explore and push every aspect of both my artistry and my expression and I’ve been find my honest self. I am beyond thankful for all of your kindness. 

To Ms. Jen, where do I even start…walking into this building ten years ago, I couldn’t have imagined how shaping the lessons and wisdom you gave would be for me. For always having a listening ear and brilliant advice, and always giving us the truth no matter how much we didn’t like it, I am extremely appreciative. 

To Kristen, Katie, Zack, and Jordan, I wouldn’t be the same person standing here right now if I hadn’t had the guidance of all of you to help me learn and help me grow. Because of you, I’ve been able to truly become someone I love, and the lessons I’ve learned from you are things I will carry with me for many years to come. 

And to my fellow dancers, my second family, I will miss you with all of my heart. I’m not entirely sure how well I’ll be able to hold up without you guys, but I’ll manage, I promise. You all are the reason I’m so comfortable with everything in my life, why I can so fully be myself when I’m up there performing. You all hold incredible value to me. 

Trying not to cry is going to be the hardest part of tonight, because every year this is the weekend I look most forward to. This is the outstanding weekend of every single year, and these shows are what I remember most of any memory in my head. 

I am so, so, so incredibly excited to be able to perform alongside my greatest friends and for my favorite mentors, and no matter how far away I am, this place and these people are always my home and my family.