2016 Scholarship Recipient

Shaylynn Wolak, Armada, MI
Attending: Oakland University
Hometown Studio: Dancer’s Image, Romeo, MI

Q: How are you involved in dance these days?

I am currently a sophomore BFA Dance major at Oakland University in Auburn Hills Michigan. I am also a dance teacher at my hometown studio, Dancer’s Image in Romeo, Michigan.

Q: How did your dance training help you as you entered college/university?

My dance training has helped me tremendously as I entered college. It gave me all the tools I needed, from technique, teaching, performance and stage presence. My training also taught me how the professional dance world is run and what is expected of you. It also gave me the confidence to go and put myself out there.

Q: Who most inspires you?

My two dance teachers growing up. Ms. Tammy and Ms. Debbie inspired me to follow my dreams and helped me become the person I am today. They are my second moms and they made Dancer’s Image my second home. They also inspired me to follow in their footsteps and attend the same university and be in the same program. They are the reason I want to teach and change a little dancer’s life like they changed mine.

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

I loved the dancing aspect of course but I also loved spending time with my second family. I loved those little moments when you would explore the venue or take a trip to find the nearest Starbucks.The bonds that I have created will last a lifetime. I loved being rewarded for all the hard work put in all year, whether it was a Platinum, an overall placement or a special award. I also loved that moment of adrenaline that kicks in right before you step out on that stage.

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

Stay in ballet. It truly is the most important genre. Also, don’t give up. It may sound like a cliché, but if you put all your hard work into dance you can achieve whatever you want to.