Lilliana, or 'Lilly,' is a 10-year-old dancer from California who trains at The Royal Underground.
"Dance is my passion," Lilly said. "When I dance, I love to work hard towards a goal and it’s taught me how to be disciplined and confident."
She trains about 30 hours each week in contemporary, hip-hop , jazz , lyrical and musical theatre. She won scholarship awards at Rainbow Dance Competition and Starpower Dance Competition. She also earned the title 'Miss Star System 2018' from Star Systems Talent.
She is consistently inspired by her dance teacher, Ms. Joanna, who she also considers her 'second mom.'
"She pushes me to be better every time and encourages me to be someone in life ... not to ever be scared off anything," Lilly said.
Her dance team mates have also have a major impact on journey.
"These girls work so hard and have the same goals," she said. "When you surround yourself with positive people, you can accomplish everything and more. I love them so much."
She encourages others to never give up.
Her Picks, Lilly Barajas
Rainbow Dance Competition
Starpower Dance Competition
"She identifies my strengths and grows my potential," Audrina said of her teacher.
Audrina loves to try new things and have fun in the process. She trains about 6 hours a week in ballet and jazz. She's conquered her one-handed cartwheel and is working on her aerial. She also loves how dance allows her to express herself and gain self confidence.
She received her first dance award in November of 2018 — the 'Newcomer Award' — from Dance aTak Convention.
"Dance has taught me that I am very brave and highly capable!" Audrina said.
Audrina loves being a big sister to her 3-year-old twin brothers and 1 year-old brother.
"My family means everything to me and they motivate me to be my best every day!" she said.
Her Picks, Audrina Mossembekker
Featured dancers share some of their favorite dance-related picks.
Dance aTaK Convention @danceatak
Miss Rachel Ruhe @rachelruhe
Miss Candice McCarty @candice_mccarty
Miss Rachel Miller @missrachelmiller.com
Miss Lyndsie Olson @lyndsleeo
Miss Shannon Gilbert @darceygilbert
5280 Dancewear @5280dancewearshop
Five Dancewear @fivedancewear
Chelsea B Dancewear @cbdancewear
Kandi Kouture @kandikouturedancewear
Jo + Jax @joandjax
Kristyn Dodge @kristyndodge
KNK Miami @knkmiami
Dream Duffel @dreamduffel
Stretch ladder @stretchladder
Dot 2 Dance @dot2dance
Bosu Ball @bosu_fitness