DANCER OF THE YEAR
During the awards ceremony of our recital, Royalty Dance Academy crowns our Dancer of the Year. Our Dancer of the Year is selected by the Royalty staff from a group of students who have won the Dancer of the Month honors throughout our dance season. The honoree receives a beautiful crown and a full year of tuition at Royalty Dance Academy!
Meet our 2017-18 Dancer of the Year : Chloe Holliman
What has dance taught you?
Dance has taught me that it’s hard to get what you want without hard work and dedication. It’s nearly impossible.
What artistic lessons have you learned at Royalty over the years?
No one cares how high you jump, how far up your leg goes, or how many turns you do if you don’t, one, have good technique, or two, have something to say. Making the audience feel something or think something is the most important thing you can do when performing.
What is your favorite style of dance to perform or watch?
It’s definitely a tie between ballet and contemporary. Ballet is incredibly gratifying to do, especially when you get to tell a story with your dancing, whether it’s concrete or abstract. The same goes for contemporary, except contemporary is much more free and brings out a more creative side of dancing. Basically, I like any style of dance that allows me to create a character.
What is your favorite thing about performing?
My favorite thing about performing is the energy you can feel from the audience. This piece you’ve rehearsed hundreds of times is completely new to them. They don’t know what’s coming from start to finish. The best feeling is when you can actually get a sound from them. A gasp to me is better than applause.
What would you tell young dancers who are just beginning their dance journey?
Remember to be a kid sometimes. You don’t need to be constantly dancing at such a young age, or you could burn yourself out. I’m not saying you shouldn’t focus on dance and work hard to get better, I’m saying that dance shouldn’t start taking over your life until you’re a little older. As a seven year old, I was at the studio only once or twice a week! It’s amazing how much dancing you guys do. However, it’s important to remember that dance is supposed to be fun and rewarding, not a chore.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to be dancing in a major ballet company, hopefully on track to become a soloist, and eventually a principal.
Awards and accomplishments:
Encore master class scholarship
Attended Ballet Austin summer intensive
Accepted to TBT summer intensive
Top ten soloists at many competitions
2016-17 Dancer of the Year: Zoey Curtis
2015-16 Dancer of the Year: Mekinna Knight
2015-14 Dancer of the Year: Avery Cleavinger