2020 Senior Spotlight

Posted on: June 22, 2020

 

Emily Randall

  1. When did you start dancing?
    When I was four—2006
  2. How many years have you been at NDA?
    Around 15 years 
  3. Pick 3 words to describe yourself.
    Charismatic, kind, sensitive 
  4. What is your favorite quote?
    Don’t be sad it’s over, be happy it happened
  5. What is your favorite style of dance?
    Jazz
  6. Pick 3 words to describe NDA.
    Welcoming, loving, diverse 
  7. What are your plans for next year?
    Going to college at Wittenberg University—undecided 
  8. On days when you wanted to quit, what kept you going?
    My family and friends 
  9. What is your advice to the next generation?
    Keep trying, persist in the things you want, dedicate time to things you love—never take a single defeat for the final one  
  10. What will you miss most about dancing at NDA?
    The people and atmosphere 

Mackenzie Mathews

  1. When did you start dancing?
    I started dancing when I was 3.
  2. How many years have you been at NDA?
    I’ve been at NDA for 6 years.
  3. Pick 3 words to describe yourself.
    Free-spirited, passionate, playful 
  4. What is your favorite quote?
    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix 
  5. What is your favorite style of dance?
    Ballroom 
  6. Pick 3 words to describe NDA.
    Positive, creative, inspiring 
  7. What are your plans for next year?
    I plan to attend Ohio University while majoring in education in hopes of one day becoming a high school english teacher! 
  8. On days when you wanted to quit, what kept you going?
    On days I wanted to quit, I reminded myself of how far I’ve come and all the amazing experiences and people I’ve encountered along the way. 
  9. What is your advice to the next generation?
    My advice to the next generation is to never take a single moment for granted. They mean it when they say your childhood goes by in the blink of an eye, make it count and have fun! 
  10. What will you miss most about dancing at NDA?
    I will miss experiencing the small yet rewarding moments with my teachers and teammates. 

Josie Cahall

  1. When did you start dancing?
    I started dancing when I was 3.
  2. How many years have you been at NDA?
    I have been dancing at NDA for 14 years!!
  3. Pick 3 words to describe yourself.
    Enthusiastic, driven, & well rounded.
  4. What is your favorite quote?
    “Sometimes you don’t know what you’re capable of until you step out of your comfort zone either by choice or by force.” 
  5. What is your favorite style of dance?
    Ballroom
  6. Pick 3 words to describe NDA.
    Encouraging, cooperative & HOME!!
  7. What are your plans for next year?
    Next year I will be attending The Ohio State University studying psychology. I will also be a member on the Ohio State Dance Team. 
  8. On days when you wanted to quit, what kept you going?
    On the days that I wanted to quit I would always think about the team that I was committed to. From a very early age, dance taught the importance of putting the group before yourself. Not only did I promise them that I would give it my all in the dance room, they were my family. My teachers and teammates were my family and I couldn’t let them down. 
  9. What is your advice to the next generation?
    My advice to the next generation is to never take a moment for granted. 12 years of company at Northpointe went by so fast. Your years at NDA are once in a lifetime memories. Traveling with your friends and teammates is not something that everyone gets to do and the jitters and excitement that competition day brings is unlike anything else. Never take these things for granted because when it’s your time to graduate from Northpointe you’re going to want one more pep rally, wish for another big/lil sis party, or to dance on stage just one more time. 
  10. What will you miss most about dancing at NDA?
    The little things that made Northpointe my second home. Whether it was planning for everyone to match or making up dances the week before winter break. The things that our team would do from year to year or traditions that were set by Barb & Kathy. One of my favorite traditions was choreography camp. We would all get to the studio EXTRA early just to look at all the songs and costumes, it was so exciting. Don’t just look past the little things because I know that will be what I miss most next year.

Marie Polk

  1. When did you start dancing?
    3 years old
  2. How many years have you been at NDA?
    15 years
  3. Pick 3 words to describe yourself.
    Outgoing, personable, strong
  4. What is your favorite quote?
    Live every day with intention
  5. What is your favorite style of dance?
    Tap
  6. Pick 3 words to describe NDA. 
    Welcoming, encouraging, supportive
  7. What are your plans for next year? 
    Study nursing at UK
  8. On days when you wanted to quit, what kept you going?
    The home that NorthPointe created for me and the people there that motivate me
  9. What is your advice to the next generation?
    Every teacher wants to find the best in you so never lose hope in doing what you love 
  10. What will you miss most about dancing at NDA?
    The staff who have helped me become the person I am and all the close friendships I have developed.

Skylar Russell

  1. When did you start dancing?
    3 years old
  2. How many years have you been at NDA?
    14 years
  3. Pick 3 words to describe yourself.
    Adventurous, passionate, confident
  4. What is your favorite quote?
    “I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” -Emma Stone
  5. What is your favorite style of dance?
    Contemporary
  6. Pick 3 words to describe NDA. 
    Family, welcoming, caring
  7. What are your plans for next year? 
    Moving to Dallas and taking a gap year to pursue a career in modeling 
  8. On days when you wanted to quit, what kept you going?
    My friends. I’ve met some of my closest friends at Northpoine and no matter the situation, they were always there and helped me overcome any obstacles
  9. What is your advice to the next generation?
    Don’t take anything for granted. enjoy every moment and memory with the studio and your friends because it will be over before you know it
  10. What will you miss most about dancing at NDA?
    The relationships with my teachers and friends 

Natalie Stewart

  1. When did you start dancing?
    5 years old
  2. How many years have you been at NDA?
    2 years
  3. Pick 3 words to describe yourself.
    Dedicated, loyal, funny
  4. What is your favorite quote?
    You have nothing to prove but only to share
  5. What is your favorite style of dance?
    Musical Theater
  6. Pick 3 words to describe NDA. 
    Welcoming, loving, caring
  7. What are your plans for next year?
    I will be attending Kent State University and will be majoring in Marketing with a minor in International Business and theater 
  8. On days when you wanted to quit, what kept you going?
    I knew that I had spent so much time dancing, that if I would quit I would leave behind many of years of hard work
  9. What is your advice to the next generation?
    Just be yourself and confidence.  You have so much to look forward to so why waste it on something negative
  10. What will you miss most about dancing at NDA?
    All of the teachers and friends that I have made.  I will miss the NDA family so much!

Reagan Kelly

  1. When did you start dancing?
    I started dancing when I was 3 years old.
  2. How many years have you been at NDA?
    This was my first year at NDA.
  3. Pick 3 words to describe yourself.
    Creative, caring, passionate
  4. What is your favorite quote?
    Everything happens for a reason.
  5. What is your favorite style of dance?
    Contemporary
  6. Pick 3 words to describe NDA. 
    Amazing, positive, fun
  7. What are your plans for next year? 
    As of now, I am planning on attending The Ohio State University of Cosmetology and getting my nail technician license and teaching dance at a local studio.
  8. On days when you wanted to quit, what kept you going?
    I never really wanted to quit, but on days where I wouldn’t have much motivation to go to class I would just think about how happy I am when I’m at dance with my best friends and how happy I am when I dance.
  9. What is your advice to the next generation?
    My advice to the next generation is to find what makes you happy and stick with it and to stay as positive as possible!!
  10. What will you miss most about dancing at NDA?
    My friends, teachers, the staff, and being able to go to the studio every week to dance and forget about everything going on with the world for a few hours.