Elinor worked hard and challenged herself to stay focused in rehearsals. When it came time to compete her solo she was very nervous but she recalled how confident her teachers were in her and checked in backstage. They called her number and she went on stage to the sound of her friends cheering her on. Throughout the whole dance, she was channeling what her teachers fine tuned during her rehearsals.
"After I finished, I was so happy that I did my best," Elinor said.
Through dance, she's learned to be a good sport and to celebrate those around her. She understands that, ultimately, doing her best is the goal. She's learned not to focus on scoring or placement and more on her personal growth. She's learned how to commit to her own goals and achieve them.
"Dance brings me so much joy and makes feel like I can accomplish anything I put my mind to," Elinor said.