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

Amy Connolly & 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:
LUX​ ​scholarship
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