Natalie Bonniwell 17 ~ Amber Strauser Scholarship
Dance is a very important aspect of my life. With the help of my dance instructor, I practice many hours a week in hopes that my hard work will pay off in the future. Dancing has taught my several skills including discipline and perseverance, which are helpful in many aspects of life. It has encouraged me to grow as a dancer, teacher, choreographer and person. My immense passion for the art continues to increase as I pursue my goals and overcome any obstacles I face.
I’m currently on the senior elite team at Imagery in Motion Dance in Argyle, Texas. In this coming August, I will have been dancing for a total of 5 years. I have obtained various awards in the past including the Talent On Parade TOP Starz award, a scholarship to the Monsters of Contemporary, a convention scholarship to the West Coast Dance Explosion, a scholarship to Doug and Friends, the Collective, and Step It Up, and a High Point First Place award at a Stage One competition. My dance studies include ballet, point, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, modern, musical theatre/character, tap, and hip-hop. I enjoy all styles of dance and my favorite types include jazz, lyrical, ballet, and contemporary.
My goals this year include receiving high scores on my solos at competition and acquiring scholarships for dance intensives or conventions. I hope to attend workshops this summer including the Talent On Parade Go Pro workshop and The Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary workshop. In the next two years I hope to be enrolled in college studying for my dance major and pursuing my goals in the professional dance world.
Although I’ve accomplished many of my goals, I still have a long journey ahead of me. Through practice, discipline, and dedication I will excel into the future and fulfill my dreams. Attending the Talent On Parade Go Pro workshop and the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary workshop would benefit me in many ways and teach me the skills needed to excel as a dancer. I hope you consider me for further tuition money towards these intensives to help me expand my knowledge and experience in what the professional world is all about.