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Finley Student Dances Her Way to Success

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Finley Middle School sixth grader Kalia Edwards participated in the Debbie Allen Dance Company Summer Intensive in California this summer. 

Kalia earned a spot in the program after auditioning last February, along with 100 other applicants. During the audition, she was selected and danced solo for Ms. Allen. As part of her acceptance into the program, Kalia was invited to take part in a semiprofessional, two-week program in Atlanta and the professional program in California for one month over the summer.

Kalia and her mother stayed at the University of Southern California with about 100 other dancers. They danced from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday in the genres of African, ballet, Dunham, flamenco, hip hop, jazz, musical theater, pointe and tap. Every class was taught by a professional in the dance industry.

Kalia has been dancing at Glen Dance Studio for more than 10 years. At age 8, she was the New York State gymnastic champion. In 2017, Kalia auditioned for the Long Island Nets professional basketball team and has been a paid professional dancer with them for two years. This year, not only did she make it – they nominated her the co-captain.

Landing School physical education teacher Karen Serani has been following Kalia’s success, noting that in addition to her academic and dancing accomplishments, Kalia was also one of the recipients of Landing School’s Exemplary Fitness Trophy last year. The Glen Cove community is so proud of Kalia and is excited to see all of her achievements in the future!