My name is Kara Buckner, I am fifteen years old and live in Seminole, Florida. I first want to say thank you to Harlequin Floors for blessing me with this scholarship. The video I submitted is from the dress rehearsal of the ballet La Boutique Fantasque, performed in June of this year with my dance school, Affirmation Ballet Company and Performing Arts Centre. This role of female Can Can Doll was my first experience with partnering. I am so grateful to my teacher and mentor, Andrea Sanders, for giving me the opportunity to dance this role and for her constant guidance and love, and to John Penu, who danced the role of male Can Can Doll, for being such an inspiration and encouragement to me. To the girls I have grown up with at Affirmation, I love you and am so grateful to share this journey with you.
In 2005, I took my first dance class at Affirmation Ballet & Performing Arts School. In 2009, at the age of 8, I began taking my dance studies more seriously. Since that time I have focused my training in ballet, jazz, tap and modern. During summer intensives, I have had opportunity to continue training in different dance disciplines, as well as training in choreography and creating dance with and without music. I am also currently a member of the Affirmation Ballet Omega Company that performs and ministers locally and abroad. While I enjoy studying different styles of dance, my true passion is ballet, and I intend to use this financial gift to further my ballet training as I pursue a career in dance.
Special thanks to everyone who voted and again to Harlequin Floors for providing these financial scholarships to so many dancers.