PTA Reflections Winner

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PTA Reflections Winner

Alexandra Ballance preforms

Alexandra Ballance preforms "No Limits."

Photo Courtesy of Alexandra Ballance

Alexandra Ballance preforms "No Limits."

Photo Courtesy of Alexandra Ballance

Photo Courtesy of Alexandra Ballance

Alexandra Ballance preforms "No Limits."

By Emily Wang, Features Editor

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Junior Alexandra Ballance’s dance piece “No Limits,” placed second and received the Award of Excellence in the high school state division of the dance choreography category of the 2016 Let Your Imagination Fly-themed PTA Reflections contest. Ballance was awarded a certificate, a ribbon and $50 for her accomplishment.

This is her first time entering the contest as a high schooler, but the fourth time she has entered total.

“It is an honor to win second place,” Ballance said. “I am always very thankful for any recognition I receive for my dance creations.”

Ballance started formal dance training in third grade in the Youth Dance Ensemble at Joy of Motion Dance Center. Since then, she has performed and competed in all different venues, including at a Department of Education event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama.

“I have received many awards over the years, and I am grateful for all of them,” Ballance said. “In life, you often don’t get first place. You have to be dedicated, committed, and push yourself to the limit to achieve your goals.”