Photo Credit – Raphael Baker
Photo shoot for an upcoming indy film that Ava has a small part in.
She will play “the ballerina”.
Dancer’s Name: Ava
Studio: Dance Academy of Bartlett
How many years of dance? Just started my 8th year.
How many hours do you dance a week? 8-10
Favorite style of dance and why? Jazz. It really fits my personality – upbeat, dramatic, and sassy.
What is your favorite dance you have performed? “Feeling Good”, my first solo (jazz).
Choreographed by Danielle Pierce
What is your favorite dance skill to perform? Leaps, but my mom will tell you all I ever do are extensions (heel stretches) and développés.
Who inspires you? My mom, my dance teacher Miss D., and Michael Jackson
If you could work with any choreographer, who would it be and why? Bob Fosse. I love jazz and his style. It’s very smooth and classy.
My favorite part of the dance year is recital. I get to perform all my dances at one time for my whole family to see, and I like to see all the other dances the other classes at my studio are doing.
What is your favorite snack for dance events? Chips, PBJ sandwiches, grapes, and cereal bars.
What do you like most about attending dance competitions and conventions? Meeting new people, learning from different teachers, seeing what other studios are doing.
If you could be a choreographer for your studio, what song and style of dance would you choose for your dance? I would pick jazz because that is my favorite style, and the song would be Superstition by Stevie Wonder. No reason other than I’m really liking this song right now.
If you could go to lunch with any other dancer, who would it be and why? Zendaya from Disney’s “Shake It Up” and Misty Copeland from the American Ballet Theater. They are both great role models and hard workers. Zendaya can act, dance, and sing. Misty’s story is just very inspiring.
What is your favorite dance TV show? Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition
What is your favorite dancewear? I like wearing my black leotard with the black and white criss-cross straps in the back, black booty shorts (not ones that are really short), tan convertible tights, and one of recital tees, and my tan jazz boots.
What is your favorite dance moment? When I won first place for my first solo at my first competition of the year.
When you’re not dancing, what do you like to do? Read, travel, attend and serve in church, play piano, attend Memphis Tigers and Memphis Grizzlies games with my family, sing in the choir, cook, draw/paint, play video games, and travel.
Ava’s Mom: Veroncia
I knew my daughter loved to dance when she was in the womb. Music made her move even then.
My favorite part of the dance year is recital. I love seeing the final product of a long year of hard work and time spent.
My favorite costume she wore was for her first solo “Feeling Good” by Jennifer Hudson (jazz with some acro). It was everything I wanted in a costume for that dance; color (red), feathers, sequins, long gloves. I made the hair accessory.
If I could choose a song and style of dance for my dancer, it would be ballet. Jazz is her best style. But I’m a sucker for classical ballet. I would love to see her dance in Swan Lake.
My favorite style of dance to watch is ballet. It’s the most beautiful dance to me. The lines, the grace, and fluidity of movement. And when it’s done right, the dancer makes it look so easy.
Top Left – Whoomp, There It Went – Jazz – Age 7
Bottom Left – Sleeping Beauty Ballet – Songbird – Age 9
Right – Do You Speak French – Tap – Age 8
When I first became a Dance Mom, I didn’t know how much things have changed since I was a dance kid. Everything is a lot more expensive (classes, clothing, shoes, competitions). I didn’t spend the kind of time Ava does in the studio and parents weren’t as competitive with each other about their kids.
My favorite thing about being a Dance Mom is watching her do what she loves. Having it be the same thing I loved as a child is a bonus.
My best tip for fellow dance parents is let the teachers do what you pay them to do. They are the professionals, not you. If you don’t agree with what they are doing, find another studio for your kid.
Aside from being a dance parent, I like to read, crochet, travel, photography, scrapbook, attend sporting events, go to church, and spend time with my family.
Thank you Ava and Veroncia for sharing your experience with us!
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