Ever since the show Dance Moms appeared on TV, I wanted to be a part of the show. I noticed on a website that there was an audition for Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, so my mom and I sent in an application to the email they listed. A few days later, my mom got a call from AUDC. They wanted to have a Skype call and interview us!

   We passed round one and they asked us to go to NY to dance my solo. I had to dance on a live feed for the producers of the show. In the middle of my dance, the live feed shut off and I had to start my dance all over again! As you can imagine, I was already nervous enough, so having to repeat the first half of my dance just added to my anxiety. 

   But, as they say, the show must go on! I had to pull myself together and focus on performing even better than the first time. The hard part was over... or so I thought.

   We flew back home to Tucson and the waiting game began. For the next few weeks we waited for the phone to ring, but the call from the producer never came. I hadn’t achieved my goal of being on Dance Moms, but I wasn’t going to give up yet!

   Later that year I saw that there was going to be an audition for Dance Moms in New York, so I begged my mom to take me. There were 1,900 dancers at the audition (talk about pressure!). I tried my best to put all my nerves aside and display confidence.

    Abby Lee split us up into many groups and instructed us to do splits. She wanted us to slowly lower down into the split for eight full counts. If you touched the floor before the eighth count she cut you. They cut about 100 people in the first five minutes. Abby cut one girl for her number falling off and another for her name being Maddie (because she already had a Maddie.) 

    I auditioned for eight straight hours and made it through nine cuts. Eventually, I made it to the top 15 (out of 1,900 kids!) I was so happy and excited! The next day my mom and I had an interview with the producer. I traveled home again that night with the confidence that I was going to get picked. 

    Many weeks went by without receiving a call... again. I was very disappointed but still knew I couldn’t give up. After about four months, my mom received more than one call from Dance Moms asking us to audition in Los Angeles. At first we were hesitant, but after more thought we decided to go. I wasn’t going to give up until my dream was fulfilled.

    Once again, I made it to the very end... but this time was di erent. A few weeks later, my mom got a call from the producer asking if I wanted to be on Dance Moms. Of course I replied yes!

    I was chosen to be on the rival team, Candy Apples, and I couldn’t have been happier. On Abby’s team or not, I achieved my dream because I never gave up. I learned quite a few things in the process, too! Each time I auditioned, I learned more and more on how I should act and perform to get the best result.

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