Connor Whitbey

I started dancing when I was 9 years old. At that time, it was just a hobby; it was just something to do. Through my years I learned that dancing was not just a hobby that you traveled and performed, it was an art. It was around the time that I started dancing at CPAC that I really enjoyed the movements rather than the performance and that’s when I feel that I really began to progress and grow. I grew from Jordan’s unique combos that taught me to let loose and just dance. I grew from Tessa’s athletic dances that gave me stamina and improved my partnering skills. I grew from Kristen’s ballet classes that taught me that I need to dance and present rather than be stiff and so exact as well technique. I grew from Billy Bell who gave me inspiration for my own stylization to dance and formed smoothness in my movement. I grew from Andrew’s choreography teaching me that fitting in with the group and being together can create a powerful energy. I grew from Mike’s solos and classes that grew my modern movement. I grew from Ida’s choreography that you can use dance to talk about controversial topics that need to be spoken about. Anthony and Mary taught me unique rhythm in tap. All these people have shaped me and molded my dancing. I have also been working on my own. I began focusing on myself but simultaneously watching others and learning from them. I tried to take pieces from others’ style and make it my own. I remember watching on the side of conventions and taking the good from the group that was called out to dance. It only felt like a week ago I was at Adrenaline dying from exhaustion in the boys changing room after performing Teen Spirit. It all went by so fast. It has only been four years since I’ve been here at CPAC but I’ve made so many memories with the amazing people here. CPAC to me was never just a dance team, everyone was my friend and we all had fun out of dance together. I had all five boy’s sleepovers at my house every showcase and recital. My level had occasional parties for fun. CPAC just is a family, everyone is close. I’m going to miss all these dweebs. Life goes on and kids grow up. I have hopes for the future too! I aspire to make it into a company and perform around the world. I hope that I can become a traveling choreographer and set my own pieces. I appreciate all the love and support from my teachers, and I reciprocate it. Thank you to my mom and my dad for supporting me all these years even though dancing isn’t the “norm” for boys and coming to all my competitions. And to my sister, you’re an amazing, blossoming dancer who will in time find your own inside of dance. Always push forward Allie, even if they say no. I also give Jen Lee a huge special thanks for being such a great and amazing director, friend, and mom. Followed by another amazing person, Nancy Laurie who made everything possible for me.