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Kiara Zeledon Competes for National Arts Prize!

Kiara Zeledon, an East Islip student and Dance Connection Competition Team dancer has had her PTA Reflections submission chosen to compete for a National Prize winning a State Award of Excellence. Her original choreography piece entitled “Human” was given the Award of Excellence and will compete nationally in the Dance Choreography Intermediate Division. PTA Reflections is known as the largest and oldest student recognition awards in the arts, having been founded in 1969.

Kiara is in her fourth year at Dance Connection, and is an enthusiastic student and great teammate to her fellow Dance Connection Competition Team Dancers. This is also her first year of competition where she has a solo performance competing for possible regional and national titles. Kiara is absolutely thrilled that “Human” will be considered for an award at the National PTA Reflections: What’s Your Story? Competition. All of her fellow dancers, teachers, teammates, family, and friends at school are so proud and are looking forward to seeing the results of the judging in May. Below is Kiara’s description of how her choreography fit this year’s theme: “What’s Your Story?

“I am human.  I strive to be the best that I can be. Sometimes I am amazing. Sometimes I’m not. It is never easy.  For example, when I try out for dances and don’t get them, it crushes me. Being told “no” is very difficult.  It makes me very sad.  But, I never give up.  Even when I do my best, and people are proud of me, and I’m proud of myself… I have to remember I’m just a little girl trying to make it in a big, big world. After all, I’m only human.”

You can check out the video of her submission below, and wish her the best of luck in the comments section!