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