By Amelia Biscardi,
While some may begin their dancing careers at a young age, junior Hannah Huang didn’t start dancing until she was eleven years old. With these years of experience, Huang won the Davis High So You Think You Can Dance contest with a contemporary piece.
Huang impressed the audience with her vast range of technique, one of them being her flexibility.
“[I loved] seeing all of those talented individuals get the chance to do what they love on stage,” senior Makenna Herzog said. Herzog is a member of the Davis High Advanced Treble Choir (ATC), which hosted the event.
Her piece was choreographed by her friend Juliet Dinkins, a UC Davis student, and herself. The routine was created and performed last year, but Huang decided to give it another go.
To prepare for her piece, Huang not only focused on perfecting her dance routine, but also ensuring that she was resting enough, and avoiding stress as much as she could.
Huang used to dance at the Applegate studio in Davis, but she now performs for Step 1 Dance and Fitness in Sacramento, a studio that offers more contemporary dance, which she enjoys the most.
Dancing in front of an audience and judges was not an unfamiliar thing for Huang. Though the space was larger than she was accustomed to, the competition was not. She found that it was not much different from competitions or shows that she has participated in.
“When I’m dancing, I’m not thinking, I’m doing,” Huang said.
Through Applegate dance studio, Huang danced in several performances such as ballets, where parents and friends could buy tickets to watch. Her current studio, on the other hand, revolves more around competitions and conventions.
Huang appreciates the straightforwardness of her dance coaches and appreciates their different dance and teaching styles.
“They don’t sugar coat corrections,” Huang said.