Kennedy Howard

Kennedy HowardNAME: Kennedy Howard

AGE: I am 13 years old.

WHEN DID YOU START DANCING? I began taking dance classes when I was 4 years old, though I’m not sure it counts if you play games and spin in circles the entire time.  It was a tap/jazz/tumble class, which was good because it allowed me to experience a variety of dance at a very young age. I always knew I wanted to dance, though my neighbor was the one first who influenced me to take classes at a studio. It doesn’t really matter how much or how long you have danced, it’s how well you use the time to improve yourself and grow as both a dancer and a person that’s important.

COMPANIES YOU HAVE BEEN IN: I have danced at Westside Dance Academy since I can remember, but it’s not the only place I take from.  Within the studio, I have just recently become a member of NW Fusion, a pre-professional dance company that allows high-school students the opportunity to further expand their education in dance. I also belong to ACMA, The Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, where I can take elite dance classes as a physical education course. Dance West, a pre-professional dance company within ACMA, allows me to take dance as an extracurricular activity. On top of these, I take many dance intensives during the year. So you see, I definitely keep busy.

FAVORITE STYLE OF DANCE? I can safely say I do not have a favorite style of dance. Each style allows you to express through movement and create a story with your body. That’s why I love it so much. I feel the most freedom with contemporary or lyrical dance and I have the most respect for ballet because of it’s beauty and difficulty to master. I believe that each style brings a new aspect of creativity to the table, and that’s why I can not name a favorite.

WHY DO YOU DANCE? I dance because it gives me the freedom to express through movement what I can’t express through words. It allows me to never stop improving and progressing because you are constantly reaching and setting new goals. Dance gives me a purpose and a meaning. It not only gives me something to work towards each day, but it allows me to connect to an audience and tell them any story I want to emote through my body. That’s why I dance, not to impress, but to express.

DO YOU HOPE TO PURSUE A CAREER IN DANCE? I definitely hope to pursue dance not only as a career, but as a passion and hobby. Sure, if I can dance and be paid to do it, then let it be, but I will do it whether or not someone pays me to. To me, a career is something you enjoy doing and hope to pursue throughout life. Yet this is not the case for most people, a career for them is something that pays the bills. This is fine by me, but I will dance and pursue it as a career because it’s my passion, not because it brings a paycheck.

FAVORITE DANCE MEMORY? As a dancer, I have created many fond memories over the years. Onstage New York Nationals 2013 stands out the most. I traveled to New York with my family because I won two scholarships; one for five free classes at Broadway Dance Center and the other for Onstage New York nationals.  This is my favorite dance memory because even though I didn’t win, I had an amazing time in New York with my family. I learned so much from the many classes I got to take, but more importantly, it really amazed me to see all the support from my choreographer, Autumn Dones. She is truly an extraordinary person, and it’s been an honor to work with her. My way of giving back is supporting her on her journey around the world. I wish her the best of luck!

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Be Delightful! Be Inspiring! Be adventurous! Be who you are, and who you want to be,

because you are one out of seven billion in this world and no one can take that away from you!”