DanceStruck studio student Mia Hayward, 13, has won the first major heat at Jump Dance Challenge for her age group.

The Jump Dance Challenge ambassador claimed the top prize after performing an awe-inspiring routine Mia choreographed herself. The song ‘One Beautiful Evening’ by Laurie Anderson became the stimulus for her creative movements.

This piece, I feel I have a really strong connection to the words and love that I can make up my own story to the music. Every time I perform this I connect in a different way to the audience and to myself and I believe this is because I am so used to doing my favourites, (classical ballet and lyrical) that I finally get to break all the rules and let my imagination free,” said Mia.

Mia at Diva Dance Photography.

The now 13-year-old performer began dancing from age two at DanceStruck with Miss Catherine and Melissa Fennell. As a young dancer, Mia felt determined to work hard and strive for perfection. She takes every class on offer at her studio including character, acrobatics, jazz, and more. But her favourite is certainly Classical ballet.

My preferred style would definitely be Classical ballet. I love the feeling of pushing myself hard to finally accomplish my hopes and dreams!”

Mia Hayward. Photo: Diva Dance Photography.

It is her hard work that puts her ahead of the pack. Dance is not only about keeping active and meeting new friends, it is Mia’s heart and soul. One of her favourite moments in dance is the instant adrenalin rush she gets before leaping onto the stage.

I dance for the adrenalin rush…I don’t just do it because it is fun, I dance because I have too and without it, I can’t imagine what I would be doing after school and every weekend.”

Mia’s passion will undoubtedly take her far in her dance career. She hopes one day to be dancing in a professional ballet company travelling the world.

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