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Breeanna Moore, 12, of Eudora participated in the Talent on Parade National Competition held in Overland Park, KS this past week. Moore performed two solos at the competition, a jazz routine to “Call Me Maybe” and a ballet to “White Houses”.
Moore made it to the national competition by excelling at the regional competition held in April. During regionals, Moore qualified not only to make it to Nationals, she was selected to participate in the Top Starz program as well. Top Starz gives the dancer an opportunity to take classes from a professional choreographer for four days, before performing the dance they learned on Friday evening. The classes ran for several hours over the course of four days leading up to the Top Starz program. Moore performed in the program with over 200 top dancers from around the nation.
A dancer since the age of four, Moore is a student at Amanda’s Dance Academy in Eudora where she has been under the instruction of owner Amanda Hermann since 2007. Moore has performed the two solos throughout the past year at competitions and local performances. According to Hermann, Moore’s hard work, which includes training for over 3 hours each week, paid off with this opportunity to participate in the National competition.
“I am so thrilled for this opportunity for Breeanna. She has worked so hard not only this year, but the past several years to become a great dancer,” Hermann said. This is Hermann’s first student to participate at the national competition. “It’s exciting for me as her teacher to see her achieve her goals and become such a beautiful dancer. This will be a great learning experience for her that she can use to continue following her passion. I could not be more proud of her. ”
Moore was asked how it felt to participate in a competition of such a large scale like this.
“That is a tough question to answer because so many things are involved for me to dance at this level. I fell in love with dance the first time I put on a pair of ballet shoes when I was 3 and have not quit twirling,” Moore said. “Since then, I have put a lot of time, effort, dedication and passion into my dance career. It is my life and I never want to stop dancing.”
Moore said she was honored to participate in the program but did not forget her family and teachers.
“I would not be at this level of dancing without a few important people in my life. My Mom, who drives me to the dance studio five days a week and is always there to hug me when I come off the stage. My Dad, who never says no when I ask if I can take “just one more class” year after year. My brother and sister, who sit through my competitions year after year. Miss Amanda and Miss Eileen who believe in me, teach me new things and always cheer me on. My friends who always ask about my dance competitions and my ADA (Amanda’s Dance Academy) family who is always supporting me.”
Nationals appear to be only a start for this talented dancer. When asked what her future plans were, she was already preparing for further competitions.
Moore says she will be several festivals and competitions over the next year and hopes to perform well enough to make a return trip to Nationals next year.
“Fingers crossed that I get the opportunity to go to Nationals again and get selected to be apart of the Top Stars dance team again. It was one of the best moments in my life.”
Moore also is keeping an eye towards at an academic future as well.
“Ever since I could say the words ‘Rock Chalk Jayhawk’, I have always wanted to be a KU Rock Chalk Dancer and attend Kansas University when I go off to college. I think they are amazing dancers and I want to be apart of their team,” Moore said. “Once I am out of college … my ultimate dream is to own my own dance studio and inspire young ballerinas like Miss Amanda has done for me.”