Competition season was an opportunity to display all the hard work and training through the year and to be given feedback by a jury of professionals in the dance world to perfect my craft.
Dance has truly taught me discipline and dedication. If you want something, you work for it! I had to train very hard to prepare for Nationals as well as enter as many competitions as possible so the judges got to "know you" on the dance floor. September 2013, I went to the US National Dance Championships and came home with the U.S. Open Pro/Am International Style 10 Dance Championship Silver L-A TITLE.
I had become extremely ill that summer which landed me in the hospital for a couple of weeks. On August 14th that summer, just before Nationals, I competed in the Nevada Star Ball ten days after discharge. Against the doctors recommendation, I competed and ended up placing with thirteen 1sts and two 2nds in single dances and winning both Silver Latin Championship and a Scholarship!
2013 had me compete twice in Las Vegas, Vancouver, Wisconsin, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and finally Florida for the Nationals. 2014 it became very clear to me that I needed to give my music 100% of me, The San Francisco Open was my last competition.