Synergy Dance Academy

Teacher(s) Kari Fisher

This year, my biggest dream became a reality.  I am both grateful and honored to have had this experience as Tremaine’s Teen Dancer of the Year.  First and foremost, I would like to thank Mr. Joe Tremaine, as well as the amazing faculty and staff.  I have been pushed beyond my limits because of all of you.  I have experienced things that I never thought were possible and reached heights that seemed too far away to touch.  The wisdom I have gained from each of the Tremaine teachers has been unique.  I learned something different in every single one of their class; both in dance and in life.  I am grateful and excited by how much I have grown as a dancer, artist, and person.  I anticipated that this year would be spectacular, but it was even more than that.  It changed my life.  Words cannot express my gratitude to everyone who supported me.  Being chosen as a DOTY was humbling, challenging, exciting, so much fun and truly a dream come true!    

My name is Carson Andringa. I’m 14 years old, and will be a freshman in high school in Madison, WI. I attended a small Catholic school from Kindergarten to 8th grade. I was on honor roll with a straight A average. I started dancing when I was 3 at West Side Performing Arts, training under Ms. Sharon Butler. When I was 12 our studio changed ownership and now I’m training at Synergy Dance Academy under Ms. Kari Fisher, who has been a huge inspiration for me.  I attended my first dance convention at age 8, and it was Tremaine! I fell in love, and still remember the feeling I had walking into the ballroom as a junior. It changed my life.  

I am so blessed to have my family as my biggest support system. Both of my siblings play traveling sports so we are always on the road. However, our family always makes time to see one another do what they love. My mom has been my rock since day one. We are so close and I couldn't imagine a better person to share this journey with. She has helped me become the person I am today, and has taught me that I can do anything I want if I work hard. She tells me I have no limits and that success is a matter of how much effort you give and the hours you put in. My family continues to push me to believe in myself, which makes my dreams become realities.  

From the age of 3 I have been dancing, and still absolutely love it. I have met great friends, trained with amazing teachers, and truly feel when dancing I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I feel loved. My dance studio is my second home. It allows me to express myself and be whoever I want to be. Believe it or not, I’m pretty shy…unless I’m dancing or around people I know well. I am beyond thankful for everything dance has done for me. I especially would like to thank my dance teachers - Sarah, Misty, Allison, Rachel, and Joey. Your training and passion for dance has helped me realize that dance is more than steps across the floor. I know the benefits have gone way beyond being on stage.  

Being named Teen Dancer of the Year is a dream. It has always been one of my goals throughout my whole life. I’m still pinching myself! There are not enough words to explain how appreciative I am of this opportunity. Thank you Mr. Joe Tremaine and the Tremaine faculty for believing in me and selecting me to represent you. I promise I will make you proud. Tremaine has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. Not only have you taught me how to dance, but you taught me how to be a good human being. My gratitude is hard to put into words. I am so excited to see what this year brings, and so incredibly honored to be named your Teen Female Dancer of the Year.