I wrote the following article for a new post so it’s not in first person. I wanted to share it with my followers since we are extremely proud of our little dancer.
Nine year old Tampa dancer, Maggie Barrett, started dancing when she was two years old and started taking lessons at Centerstage Dance Academy when she was fie. Last year, Maggie created a dance video for PTA Reflections through Carrollwood Elementary with the theme “The world would be a better place if…” Maggie chose “…there was no cancer” in memory of her grandpa who had recently passed away. Maggie moved from the school to district level receiving an honorable mention award.
This year she chose dance choreography again with the theme “Let your imagination fly.” She asked Centerstage’s studio owner, Yvette Breheney, for a song choice. Yvette suggested a version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s “Pure Imagination” and Maggie chose one by Fionna Apple. With the help of her siblings and mom, Maggie’s video was filmed at the gorilla exhibit at Busch Gardens.
Again, Maggie moved from the school level to the district level. As Maggie and Kathryn sat in the auditorium, they waited for the dance choreography category. Honorable mention was called. Third place was called. Second place was called. Kathryn rubbed Maggie’s back and told her, “It’s ok. You can try again next year.” Then they called first place. “Maggie Barrett.” Both were shocked as Maggie walked to the stage followed by her mom, in tears, with her camera. Maggie was thrilled with her first place win and, knowing how big Florida was, thought this would be the end.
The family was speechless when they were told Maggie was a winner at the state level. Again, they thought this would be the end of it.
May 1st, the 23rd wedding anniversary of Maggie’s parents, they received the news that Maggie was one of 8 dance choreography/Intermediate level students to be chosen as a National winner. There were 300,000 total entries throughout the US from grades K-12 in six different categories. Of those, 1,000 were considered for the National level. Of those 1,000, 206 were chosen as winners for the National level. Only three students were awarded the Award of Excellence for dance choreography at the Intermediate level. Maggie was one of them and the only one in her category and age group chosen in the state of Florida. She will be recognized at several events throughout the year and her family couldn’t be more proud.
Here is the video from her entry: