Finalist - Maya Addie - Skyline High School (AZ)
The following solo that I have choreographed is called, “Journey.” Journey, an act from traveling from one place to another. Throughout this piece I wanted to showcase my “journey” as a dancer. Since I began dancing at the age of three I have significantly grown technically, physically, and emotionally. Each and every day I strive to be a better dancer and person than I was the day before. With each day there are new challenges, but with a positive attitude and dedication I am able to continue to work towards my goals. This year I am graduating high school and attending college in the fall, which is the next chapter in my life. This dance shows my progression in life as a dancer and person and highlights all of the great that has happened and is bound to happen in the near future. Choreographing has always been a passion of mine since eighth grade when I began to choreograph on others and I have loved it since. Being able to choreograph on myself was a little weird at first because I am so used to producing movement on others, but the process was amazing and anytime that I am given the opportunity to choreograph I seize it. The ability to freely express myself through movement is a blessing in itself and I am grateful for the opportunity I have to be able to dance every day.
Finalist - Miranda Kim - Palos Verde High School (CA)
In my piece titled “Hurricane”, I illustrate finding love, peace, and joy in the midst of darkness and chaos- in the world, or inside of us. My dance represents happiness from the passions that uplift and motivate rather than hurt or discourage. Much of how we perceive the world has to do with our outlook on life. We can all be positive contributors to the attitudes of those around us by spreading love, optimism, and gratitude. The intent of my piece is to inspire others to ‘pay it forward’ by spreading words of encouragement and kindness. One of the biggest challenges I encountered while choreographing this piece was finding ways to exemplify a hurricane. As a solo piece it is difficult to use the full space of a studio or stage. I experimented with various leaps and movements to represent chaos. However, I found that being a hurricane was not what I hoped to convey. Instead, I simply represent myself. How I respond to pressure and chaos is illustrated in this piece. Through the dynamics of my movement, I depict evolving emotions and a development in character. Life itself seems to rush by so rapidly that it’s nearly impossible to slow down and enjoy every moment. My choreography represents the perception of a fast-paced modern age and encompasses the message that peace and love are more powerful than the "hurricanes" in life.