Carly Elliott

Wow. I never thought 13 years could go by in the blink of an eye, but somehow it did. I guess time really does fly by when you’re having fun. Over my years here, CPAC has become my second home, and I wouldn’t want it any other way. After the numerous rehearsals, fittings, and conventions, I still find it impossible to say goodbye. First and foremost, I want to thank Mrs. Nancy Laurie. Nothing from the last 13 years would have been possible without you. Thank you for creating a space I hold so close to my heart, and for allowing me to express my love for dance with the people I love most. So many dreams have come true because of you, and I’m forever thankful. Second, I want to thank the one and only Jen Lee.  Thank you for always being there when I need it. Whether it was a long hug, or a pep talk, you have never failed to show that you care, and that you are here for whatever I need. You have taught me to never give up, and to always keep fighting for what I believe in. I will forever love you for that. Tessa and Jordan, thank you both for pushing me out of my comfort zone, and for teaching me that perfection isn’t possible, so all you can do is give it your best. You both have allowed me to not only grow as a dancer, but as a person also. I have thoroughly enjoyed performing your pieces over the years and will miss displaying your creativity on stage. Thank you to Kristen. You have made me view ballet as a positive thing rather than a negative thing, and never fail to make me laugh.  Ms. Alexis, you were the one who started it all. You helped me fall in love with dance in the first place, and I will always remember the pure joy I felt when you told me our recital dance was to my favorite song at the time, “California Girls.” To our amazing costume shop, thank you for the immense time and effort you put into your work. I always feel so honored to get to wear the amazing pieces you all create, and you all help bring the vision of the dance to life. Last but certainly not least, I want to thank my family. I will never be able to repay you for the countless sacrifices you all have made to allow me to pursue what I love. You all are my number one fans, and the constant support you guys give me means the world. I wouldn’t be the person I am without you guys, and I love you so much. To my teammates, you all are my second family and I love you more than words. Thank you for all the amazing memories, they will last a lifetime.  Chaka out <3