Kassidy S.

Age: 17 years old.

School: Bettendorf High School

Plans after high school: I plan to study nursing at St. Ambrose.

 Who is your role model and why? My sister has been my role model throughout my life. She has always pushed me to become the best dancer and person I can be.

If you could hangout with anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be and why? My mom because I love her and she has always been there for me.

When did you start dancing? I started dancing at 2 years old.

How long have you danced at ATB? I've been dancing at Above The Barre for nearly my whole dance career.

What do you do when you aren’t at the studio? If I'm not at the dance studio, I am either at school, sleeping, eating, working, or dancing with my dance team.

Tell us your favorite part about being a member of the ATB Competition Team? Everyone on the competition team is so flexible. We are able to tackle any challenges that come our way.

Do you have a favorite dance memory? My favorite dance memory was when I got first overall for my solo “Watch Me.” But, the fact that I won wasn’t what made it my favorite memory. This was my favorite memory because not only did I enjoy my solo, but I also constantly practiced it to get it the best it could be. When I ended up getting first it was such a joyous feeling because all the time and hard work I put into my solo paid off.

What is the biggest lesson you learned through dance? The biggest lesson I learned through dance was that when you are dancing you are able to express all the emotions that are trapped inside. When you dance from within it truly gives you the best performance and feeling.

What is your funniest memory? My funniest memory at the dance studio was when we were practicing our routine for Powerhouse and a kid ran by the blue room screaming with a fake knife. As everyone ran out of the blue room Kim went charging to the door to yell at him. Although it was frightening at the time, now we all laugh about it.

Describe your scariest moment and how you overcame it. The scariest moment I've had in dance was when I would forget my solos on stage. For some reason this happened a lot to me. I believe I overcame this because every time it would happen I would run off stage and cry directly after my performance. This pushed me to try my hardest to remember my choreography because every time I would forget my solo on stage I would get an awful feeling.

What is your favorite dance of all time and why? My favorite dance of all time was “Greatest Medley Ever Told.” This was my favorite dance because I got to dance with all the people I considered “big girls,” and that was a really awesome feeling. This was also my favorite dance because it was filled with fun songs and dance moves, and everyone loved this dance.

What has been your biggest challenge in dance? How did you overcome it? Remembering corrections and choreography was by far the biggest challenge throughout my whole life. I could never remember any corrections my teacher gave me, and I couldn't remember an 8-count to save my life. I overcame these challenges by always pushing myself harder to remember everything I could while dancing. It was a mental challenge that took many, many years to overcome.

What will you miss the most about ATB? I will miss all the endless support that everyone gives to me. If I am having any problems in or outside of dance someone would always be there for me - guaranteed.

You are a role model. What do you hope younger dancers learn from you? I hope that younger dancers learn to embrace their passion for dance if they have it. I hope that they explore the endless possibilities dance has to offer, because the time you have to dance truly goes by fast.

Is there anyone or any message you’d like to share as you look back on your success? I would like to thank my sister for always pushing me to be the best person I can be and never letting me settle for less. She has truly been my role model my whole life.