Emma Dunlap

Looking back at these past 10 years, it’s hard to believe that my time is coming to an end. It seems like just yesterday I was a little 8 year old coming in to take my first ballet class at CPAC. If you had told me then that this studio would’ve had the impact on my life that it does, I wouldn’t have believed it. From the years of late-night rehearsals to convention weekends, CPAC has impacted and shaped my life in a way that words cannot describe. Beginning competition when I was 10, I never would’ve imagined that my passion for dance would grow as strong as it is now. Mom and Dad, thank you for being my biggest supporters and never giving up on me or letting me give up on myself. You guys have pushed me to constantly better myself and I cannot thank you enough for all the time, money, and effort you guys have put into my dream. Jen, you’ve watched me grow up and helped shape me into the person and dancer I am today. Thank you for constantly pushing me to better myself and being supportive of me through everything. You’re a second mom to me and words cannot describe how grateful I am to have you in my life. Kristen, thank you for constantly pushing me to better myself and for never letting me give up. I truly would not be the dancer I am today without you. Jordan, thank you for creating the most insane pieces and constantly pushing me to reach outside of my comfort zone. Tessa, thank you for constantly pushing me to become the best version of myself that I can be. Zack, thank you for being one of my first teachers at CPAC and for reminding me to breathe even whenever I’m thinking about a million other things. If not for your constant support, I would not be where I am today. Lisa, thank you for being my first teacher at CPAC. You helped me find my love and passion for dance the minute I stepped into the studio and for that I will be forever grateful. The costume shop and lighting crew, thank you all for putting your time and effort into creating the most amazing costumes and lights that bring our pieces to life. Lindsey, thank you for everything you do. CPAC would not be as organized or run as smoothly if not for you. To my teammates, thank you guys for giving me the best experiences that I will cherish and carry for a lifetime. Last but not least, Mrs. Nancy, thank you so much for providing me this place where I can do what I love. You have given me so many opportunities and I truly cannot thank you enough. CPAC will forever be my second home and will always be a part of me. Chaka Out!!