Local student wins national award in dance competition

Dancers from Russell Middle School
Dancers from Russell Middle School / Christina Dawidowicz -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — It’s self-expression without words.

“Usually, it has some kind of meaning behind it, some kind of representation, and I just think it helps them grow in so many areas,” said Katie Reynolds-Sandstron, dance director at Russell Middle School.

Eighth-grader Anna Alber-Farró is a member of the elite performance group at Russell Middle School.

After winning competitions at the local and state level, Alber-Farró won an award of excellence in a contest for dance choreography hosted by the National Parent Teacher Association.

Despite her win, she says she still has quite a ways to go.

“There’s always new stuff that you wanna learn, and it’s never just something that you work hard at and then there’s always just one way to do it all the time,” said Alber-Farró. “There’s something that you just have to keep pushing to try new things.”

For the competition, dancers had to choreograph their own routine without any help from the teacher.

“She’s got such creative blood in her. She comes in perky everyday willing to work hard, try her best, and try new things. She’s just wonderful,” said Reynolds-Sandstron.

But Alber-Farró says the choreography isn’t always easy.

“I’m really inspired one day, and I’m doing my makeup, and I get in my costume and I was just really inspired to do it, and then I just kind of get dancer’s block and I have to leave it, otherwise it will get me very frustrated and I just have to come back to it like, the next day,” Alber-Farró said.

In the end, it all comes together.

Alber-Farró named her award-winning dance routine “La Cauchemar,” which means, “the nightmare,” as a tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

She will accept her award in Orlando, Florida next month.

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