Studio 1014

Teacher(s) Cathy Finne

Being named a Tremaine DOTY has been a life changing experience. Not only have I grown as a dancer, but as a person and artist through this amazing opportunity. I am so thankful to the entire Tremaine faculty for everything they have done and continue to do. They have inspired me to do so much more beyond what I thought was possible. This has been one of the greatest years of my life, and I look forward to what is coming next because of this opportunity.

My name is Jennifer Essick, and I am a junior in High School. I am 16 years old, and I have been dancing since I was 4. I started competing when I was 8 and that’s when I truly fell in love with dance. My favorite styles are ballet, contemporary, and jazz.  I attend the arts high school in my city and am in the National Honor Society. Most of my time is spent in a dance studio, but when I have free time, I like to go to the beach and hangout with all of my friends and family. They are the motivation that always keeps me going through everything. I love dance because without it, I would be a completely different person. Dancing lets me express emotions through movement and I love how putting on a different song and changing styles can make you feel like a different person.  Dancing is free and beautiful. It’s always changing, and it is something that you can always improve upon, no matter what. 

I am currently a dancer at Studio 1014, where Mrs. Cathy Finne is my teacher.  I started dancing there when I was in 8th grade, and in my past three years I have learned so much that has helped me further my training. Mrs. Cathy is very supportive and has pushed me so hard to become the best dancer I can and inspires me to become better everyday. My favorite dance quote that I live by is, “I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Becoming the Tremaine Senior Female Dancer of the Year has been my dream ever since my first time coming to the convention. When I first saw the DOTY’s on the stage and how amazing they were, I knew that it was something I could aspire to be and have been working hard ever since. I am so grateful to the Tremaine faculty and to everyone who has helped influence my dance career. The teachers at Tremaine not only inspire me to work hard on technique in dancing, but they each push me to become stronger artistically and to create my own voice through dance. I am very thankful for that. I would also like to thank my amazing parents who work so hard to give me everything they can. Without them, nothing would be possible. And lastly, I would like to thank Mr. Joe Tremaine for creating this amazing convention and giving me this opportunity. I cannot wait for this upcoming year to learn, work hard, and represent the entire Tremaine Dance Convention.