My name is Kayla, and I'm 10 years old. I go to McCoy Rigby Arts in Orange County, CA.


Photographer: @kkb_photo

Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.

I started dance at 2.5 years old. This is my third season as a competitive dancer.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

Dance is hard work, but I enjoy the challenge. Due to the time commitment that comes with competitive dance, in my free time, I love to do things that make me feel happy, like seeing my family and friends, creating art, and playing with my dogs.

Photographer: @inmotionphotostudio

What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?

I have mild scoliosis that affects my hips. And in turn, affects my feet alignment and turn out. But, I don’t let that stop me from working hard towards improving my technique! I know there’s room to do better with every dance or stretch class I take.

Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?

If and when that happens, my parents always remind me that you can do anything you put your mind to. It’s all about your perspective.

Photographer: @kkb_photo

How do you conquer negative talk?

If you work hard and put in 100% effort with all that you do, then how can you go wrong? ♥️

Photographer: @inmotionphotostudio

What is your favorite quote?

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” •T. Roosevelt

So, what’s next? Any big plans?

I am super excited to compete in my solo and group dances with my amazing teammates this season. I have also started taking aerial Lyra (hoop) classes, and I am absolutely loving it. So who knows where that will take me!

May 1, 2021

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