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!