Five ladies from Amanda’s Dance Academy will be participating in National competitions this month. Pictured (l-r) are Ella Culliss, Tristen Bogart, Breeanna Moore, Ashley Fox, and Leslie Douglas. (Photo courtesy Amanda’s Dance Academy)
This summer five hard-working dancers from Amanda’s Dance Academy will get to experience competing against dancers from across the country at a National competition. Tristen Bogart, Ella Culliss, Leslie Douglas and Breeanna Moore will be going to the Talent On Parade National Finals in Overland Park, KS. They qualified for this event with an outstanding performance at the regional competition. Ashley Fox will be competing at the Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance Competition National Finals in Mason, OH.
The Talent On Parade National Finals and the Cathy Roe Ultimate Dance National Finals will be held July 8 – 13.
Amanda Herrmann, owner of Amanda’s Dance Academy asked each girl what they thought about going to Nationals.
“I am super excited to go to TOP Nationals!,” Tristen Bogart, 10 said. “I’ve never done this before but this might be the greatest experience I will have in dance. I have worked my hardest to be ready and I think I have improved the most this year because this is my first year doing a solo.”
Bogart enjoys dancing immensely and loves the friendships she has kindled with others.
“It’s the thing I love! I also am doing it with the people I love most: Ms. Victoria, Mrs. Amanda and my dance partner and best friend Ella, and the older girls I look up to most. It’s gonna be awesome”
Ella Culliss, 9 likewise is thrilled about competing on a national stage.
“I enjoy dancing because it is so fun and it is inspiring! I am confident and excited about Nationals,” Culliss stated. “My partner Tristen and I have worked hard and love our dance. Amanda’s Dance Academy is wonderful and so are the teachers.”
Breeanna Moore, 12, added about how nerve racking performing at a level like this can be.
“That moment before I take center stage, my hands are sweaty, I can hear my heart beat in my chest and I have butterflies in my tummy,” Moore said. “Everything I worked so hard for and all the hours I spent at the studio over the past year … I get the chance to show it and tell a beautiful story for those 3 minutes while I am on stage. Those 3 minutes are everything to me. Those 3 minutes is when my world shines”.
Leslie Douglas, 15 is thankful for the opportunity to compete in Nationals.
“12 ½ years of pain and hard work and I’m so happy with how it’s paid off, Douglas said. “Years ago, I would never have imagined getting an opportunity like this. I’m very excited to participate at a national level!”
Ashley Fox, 14 talked about the chance to compete in the Cincinnati area.
“I am thrilled to be dancing at nationals this year! It is an honor to represent Amanda’s Dance Academy in Ohio.”