Kate Echelmeier

Time flies when you’re having fun, and let’s just say I had a lot of fun here at CPAC for the past 11 years. Though there have been many bumps through our journey the last few years, this family has proved that anything is possible with determination and passion. I’m so grateful to be surrounded daily by people with the same passion for dance as myself, so I want to say thank you to all my teammates. You all have not only pushed me to be a better dancer but remind me of why I come to dance every day. The stress, soreness, and literal blood, sweat, and tears are all worth it. To Jen Lee, my best friend, I can’t thank you enough for the potential you saw in me since day one. You have never given up on me or any other dancer and have dedicated so much for us to be better dancers and humans. You’re my forever dance momma and put in so much work daily that doesn’t go unnoticed! Kristen, Jordan, Tessa, Katie, Zach, and Chris, thank you for everything. It goes without saying that these are some of the most caring and wise teachers/mentors to be growing up with and learning from. You all have helped me push my boundaries over the years and created such an uplifting learning environment here at CPAC. Thank you to the lighting and costume shop who put in countless hours in order to make our dances come to life. Mrs. Nancy, thank you for all of the opportunities you have given me and the team. From our beautiful facility to the best choreographers, and even sitting front row to watch us become national champs! We couldn’t do it without you! To Will, Matt, Mom and Dad, you all have sacrificed so much for me to have the best childhood I could’ve asked for. Thank you for being my biggest fans and always supporting me, love you guys! Moving forward, it is scary to think about what life without CPAC looks like because I’ve never experienced that. But I know that I will carry with me everything I’ve learned here, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!!

CHAKA OUT! <3