2016 Scholarship Recipient

Riley Lathrop, Florence, MA
Attending: Bridgewater State University
Hometown Studio: Holmes Dance Studio, Easthampton, MA

Q: How are you involved in dance these days?

I am studying dance in college and taking classes including technique, composition, and education. I am able to perform as well as choreograph for the performances. I am a member of the Dance Company Advisory Committee and a member of the National Dance Education Organization at Bridgewater State University.

Q: What are some memorable moments from your dance competition experience?

My favorite part of being on a my dance team and competing was the strong bond and connections I made to people I probably would not have met or been friends with if it wasn’t for dance. Dance builds an unconditional community and competing puts a group through a lot of emotional and physical challenges that inevitably bring you closer together.

Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring younger dancers?

It is vital to remember each dancer should be different and we need to celebrate and encourage individuality rather than comparing and standardizing. We also need to make sure creativity and expression always comes before tricks and flexibility.

Q: Do you have any favorite personal quotes?

“You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.” — Martha Graham