Where do I even begin? My Mom will tell you that it seems like only yesterday she was putting me in a baby ballet class at not even 3 years old in my hometown of Jacksonville, North Carolina to “burn up some energy” but all I can remember is my love for dance. Being a military “brat”, we moved around a lot. I had to change schools and dance studio’s which was scary, and it wasn’t until we came to CPAC 5 years ago that I felt like I was truly HOME! I was so nervous when I saw this gorgeous facility that very first day. But Jen Lee welcomed me with the biggest hug and open arms. From that moment on, my fellow team members became my family and Jen Lee became my second Mom. I can’t imagine being anywhere else or growing up with any other friends that became family and mentors. Every single person at CPAC has changed my life for the better and I don’t even know how to begin to thank all of you.
Jordan- thank you for always believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself and for constantly pushing me outside my comfort zone. I know that I would not be the dancer I am today without you!
Tessa- thank you for always expecting nothing but the best from me which has helped teach me to always give 100% both in dance and in life.
Kristen- thank you for never letting up on me and for my corrections. Corrections help us grow and without you that wouldn’t have been possible.
Zack- thank you for helping me that first year at CPAC. You gave me advice at a dance competition that has always stuck with me, and I will forever be grateful.
Thank you to everyone in the costume department, the Office, the lighting team, and anyone else that I forgot that helps CPAC be so incredibly magical!
To my fellow team members, my friends… my family: “How lucky am I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard”.
Now to Jen- “I have no fear, I have only love” and that is because of you! Thank you for allowing me to be me and for loving me unconditionally. I would not be the person I am today without your constant love, support, and guidance. You have made me a better person and I am forever and always grateful for you. I could not imagine this journey without you!
Ms. Nancy- you have created such a special place for all of us and for me it really has been my second home, the place where I’ve been able to find myself and lose myself, to flourish as a dancer and as a person plus I have been able to meet the most amazing humans in the World. I cannot begin to thank you enough and tell you how much CPAC and the opportunities you have provided have meant to me. They have been life changing and I will be forever thankful for your love, kindness, and support.
I can’t forget to thank my family who has always supported me: my Dad, my Sister, my Grandparents and Linda. Last but certainly not least my Mom. Thank you, Mom, for always seeing something special in me and for literally never telling me “no” when it came to dance. You saw a spark 15 years ago and have nurtured me, pushed me, encouraged me, and supported me to pursue my love of dance. I hope to make everyone proud at CPAC as my goal is to pursue dance in college and as my career! Who knows, maybe one day I will be back to teach!
Again, thank you all so much! I am so incredibly honored to have been a part of CPAC!
All my love- CHAKA OUT!