At The Dance Awards in Orlando earlier this month, she landed a spot as a Top 21 Mini Female Best Dancer. Yet she still chooses to see herself as part of a bigger puzzle.
"Each dancer may be great on their own, but we are all an important piece to the team," Ayla said. "Without each of us something is missing, but together we make up something great and we are unstoppable."
Her love of dance has led to many unexpected opportunities. After a recent audition in New York City, she was signed to Clear Talent Group. She was also featured in the book, 'Dance Across the USA,' by Jonathan Givens, which features dancers in National Parks in every state in the U.S. Ayla also had the opportunity to model a special line of dance wear by Julian Peeples called LeAnaree Clothing.
Now, Ayla can't imagine her life without dance and she looks forward to what the future holds.
"Dancing is where my heart is," she said.
Sydney loves her competition team at Stacey’s Dance Studio. This spring, she and her duet partner, Amira Farris, won National Champion Ensemble in the Youth División at MA Dance in Fort Worth, Texas.
“Miss Rachel Curtis, our director, choreographed a moving and timely contemporary piece to 'Glory' by Common & John Legend,” Sydney said.
For eight years, Sydney has competed as a drill team dancer with the Kingwood Strutters. Sydney also enjoys tumbling and hopes to add more skills.
In the fall of 2016 Sydney was cast as a leaf in the Open World Foundation premiere production of “Cinderella” starring Misty Copeland and Calvin Royal III. From that experience she learned professional performance etiquette.
This past winter, her team performed at the Toyota Center before a Houston Rockets game. She’s also been a model for Georgie Girl Costumes.
“Winning is what we all want to do, ultimately, but it’s much more than that,” Sydney said. “I’ve made really good friends. I’ve learned how to be a leader. Plus, I’ve learned a lot about dedication, discipline, and never giving up.”