eet Jayla Anderson, 14, from Maryland Dancemakers!
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started dancing at the age of 6 because my mom started me in sports and that didn't go so well. I took classes and privates and danced on the competitive circuit for 6 years.
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?
NO!! I'll be honest, there were times when a lot of pressure was on me to win at my solo, or I had a major role in the group dance and didn't want to let my team down. I broke my foot the weekend before the competition for one year and felt so bad because my teammates had to reblock and make changes at the last minute. Plus, I had to keep my grades up or my mom wouldn't let me dance at all!
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
I think overcoming injuries and balancing school and dance.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
No. I'm grateful to have such a supportive family and studio.
How do you conquer negative talk?
My mom always tells me to be the best Jayla I can be and only focus on me. I try to ignore negativity because I have enough to deal with.
What is your favorite quote?
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Right now, I plan to learn and grow my craft at the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts, then prayerfully continue on the college level. I just love learning new things and working with new people.