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The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Lauren Veyette

In 2018 my husband, Francis, and I were contacted by a family wishing for more professional training for their daughter. After some discussion and advice, we began virtually training her remotely and Veyette Virtual Ballet School was born. Read more>>

Jessica Wood

We moved back to Kansas City from New York City in March of 2020 and were gifted a vintage ice cream maker from Alex’s grandmother. We are both very passionate about cooking and food, so we immediately dove into making the best ice cream possible. There wasn’t much else to do!  I set out to make Alex’s favorite flavor, honeycomb, which was readily available when we were living in New York City but something we struggled to find in Kansas City. We ended up making so much ice cream that we had to start giving it away to family and friends and quickly realized that we had some seriously good stuff on our hands. Read more>>

Sara Collins

We are Sara Collins and Ashlee Spring, owners of From The Top: Glamping Experience. Our friendship was born out of our mutual love of celebrating special occasions, planning events, and hanging out around a campfire and this business came to life because of our passion for helping others create special moments.  Read more>>

Ashley Rodden

I started LOVER cosmetics in 2006, The line had several loose pieces meaning individual eyeshadows individual blushes individual powders, it also included lipsticks foundations, etc. After doing hundreds of makeovers women kept saying the same two things, I don’t know how to do my makeup and I don’t have time. So, I started making prototypes of magnetic pallets and developed a five-step five-minute plan for doing makeup. A few years ago, I took all of that hard work to heart and re-launch the line using magnetic pallets and refining the five-step regime. Each magnetic pallet has a 5-step guide that fits inside the pallet for easy reference and the pallets make it easy to travel with your makeup or go to and from work. They’re perfect for teenagers in high school and college. They’re perfect for young adults traveling to the gym and getting ready quickly on the go. And they’re great for retirees age 65+ who want to travel easily but look good on the road. Read more>>

Jasmyn Franks

I am a Socia Media professional working at a large advertising agency by profession and a creator by choice. I’ve always been into creating. As a kid, there were always art projects and paints and markers all around but I never considered going to college and making it a full-time career. I actually left high school thinking I would be going to school for journalism and decided literally during orientation to go with Advertising. I’m dating myself, but this was fairly early on in the social media era – Facebook was the big thing still and no businesses had really tapped into its power yet. It was during my time at Missouri State University that I decided that design was a very important aspect of what I wanted my career to be and decided to study that too. It was those years that really gave me the push and foundation I needed to be able to dabble in so many creative endeavors outside of digital art and branding – photography, painting, etc. Read more>>

Sarah Connole

I was born and raised in Wisconsin but found my way to Kansas City in 1998, and I immediately loved it here. I finished college at UMKC and graduated with a business administration degree.  After college, I took a job as a receptionist for a cooperative of independent cable companies. I thought I’d get a couple years of office experience and then pursue the career I really wanted, which was in corporate training. I’ve always enjoyed teaching and explaining things to others, and I think it’s something I’m really good at.  Well, 18.5 years later I had moved up through the company through roles in operations, purchasing, and eventually marketing. I had the opportunity to work alongside another colleague to start a marketing department for the company in 2007. At that point, the business had a new CEO, and we had done a great job with business communications, but nothing really in marketing. I was fortunate enough that my colleague, Doug Hull, took me under his wing and taught me everything he knew about affiliate marketing and partnerships for cable companies. Read more>>

Lauren Mercado

I started my fashion career in Southern California. Before, during, and after Fashion School, I worked various fashion jobs from working in boutiques, producing fashion shows, ran a fashion blog, and worked as a wardrobe stylist and photoshoot producer in Los Angeles. I spend much of my early career doing any and everything I could to gain experience. I eventually left the corporate world to set out on my own. The Handpicked brand was born in 2014. I sold vintage and new clothing online and at popups around California.  I decided to move back to my hometown of Wichita, Kansas because I noticed that there wasn’t a boutique like mine. I saw the unique opportunity that Kansas provides for young entrepreneurs and just fell in love with the energy.  So, in 2015, I moved home and opened Handpicked Los Angeles, a women’s clothing store that specialized in unique and fashion-forward clothing, new and pre-loved.  Read more>>

Suze Ford

I went to Southern Methodist University, in Dallas Tx to pursue my lifelong passion for making art. I even had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study art and fashion in Florence, Italy in the Fall of 2001. I arrived there a week before September 11. The amount of things I learned there was unbelievable! I absolutely value my education because I learned so much about making art, myself, and the world. It taught me how to be self-motivated and push my boundaries. The depths of my work became rich with life experiences, and a growing faith. I owe so much of that to my eyes opening to another world that semester in Italy. My art practice became a journey to find more of who I was and who I wanted to be. This was the foundation for everything to come.  After College, I began seeking out any places I could to show my art. I also began creating commission artwork, which now has grown to become a very large percentage of the work that I do. Getting out there representing myself was a great way to keep making work and getting practice with conducting business working with professionals. Read more>>

Jennifer McCleary

I actually started out in education. I was an elementary art teacher for 4 years. My husband, Brad, is a born entrepreneur. He quit his corporate job 2 weeks before our wedding (talk about giving my parents a heart attack!) and has been a business owner the entire time we have been married.  When my husband and I had our first child I wanted more flexibility and to be able to be home with our kids (we have 4 total), or have them with me. I decided to “retire” as a teacher and join my husband in his personal training business as a nutrition coach and personal trainer. This was my first real introduction to business and I loved owning our own business and being able to truly own my time and build something with my husband for our family.  We love building business and helping people and the Lord has blessed us to be able to do that for our careers!. Read more>>

Shannon Brown

I started photography in October of 2017 after my fiancé got me a Canon Rebel. It was honestly meant to be just a hobby and possibly a small side gig because I was in nursing school and never thought my photography would get to where it is now. I remember telling my fiancé that there was no way I would get anyone besides family and friends to have me take their pictures. The first wedding I ever did was a family member’s wedding and it was in September of 2018. After that wedding, I knew that my niche was wedding and couples’ photography. Becoming a wedding photographer was/is difficult and I definitely wanted to give up at one point, but I kept pouring into my own cup and now I am at 17 weddings for 2022.  Read more>>

Diana Russ

I started baking in high school for fun which led to my love of it and led me to Johnson & Wales University Denver for my degree in Baking and Pastry and Food Service Management. I lived in Denver, CO for 6 years and loved it there but my health was making it difficult to stay since I was diagnosed with 2 auto-immune diseases, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease. I moved back to Kansas City and started my business, Butter Bakery KC in 2019. It came about because I had just had my 2nd hip surgery and needed something to do that would keep me busy and that I had control over how much I could do physically. I have always loved decorating cakes, so that’s what I started doing! I would just make cakes to decorate and post on Instagram then give the cakes to family friends to give me feedback. It slowly started to grow from there and has led me to where I am now, making more cakes (and other desserts) and in the middle of wedding season. Read more>>

Kelli Campbell-Goodnow

On January 14, 2016, my husband, Shawn, was killed in a USMC helicopter collision in Hawaii. Suddenly widowed at 36 with four young children, I moved to Kansas City to be near my parents. I had grown up in Texas so there was nothing else familiar to me or my children here. We no longer had the Marine Corps telling us where to live and had left behind our military community, our church, our friends- everything. Even our belongings were in storage until I figured out what to do next, but it felt as if our future had simply gone dark. Several weeks after arriving in Kansas, the military was still recovering wreckage from the ocean and investigating the accident that took the lives of twelve Marines. We were not able to hold a burial for Shawn until April of that year, nearly four months after the crash. It was in the midst of that waiting and loss that Folds of Honor came along, like a lighthouse in the storm. Read more>>

Kyle + Nicole Hill

With a combined 25 years of experience, you could say that both Kyle + I had a knack for the home world at an early age. Kyle, the real estate and renovation guru, would bargain deals with his mom to “buy” back her own groceries and I, the creative mind, would be rearranging our home furniture and decor or painting my room quite frequently at a young age. Our business together, Hill Homes KC, started before we even knew it. Kyle’s first home was a family neighborhood fixer-upper and we did just that. It was our first joint flip before we got married and then on to the next after our wedding. Our 1st home together that we gutted and made our own. This is when we knew we had something and could start making a profit on what we loved. Here is when we began helping friends and family members renovate and decorate. Shortly after Kyle came up with the great idea of creating the whole package and got his real estate and general contracting licenses. Now we can help a client curate a space from the very beginning. Read more>>

Dana Lipsky

I grew up in a family where we were do-it-yourselfers. Weekends were spent remodeling a kitchen, building furniture, or even framing a new house. It gave me the appreciation for doing things yourself from start to finish and being proud of a project that you make.  I went on to study architecture in college, thinking it was a practical way to be creative, only to figure out it was TOO engineering-based for my brain. After college, I wasn’t ready to get a “normal job” and bounced around the world a bit and fell into the service industry in my mid 20’s when I moved to Kansas City. No matter what job I had, I always had a craft or hobby that I was working on.  I was at a point about 5 or 6 years ago where I was working as a general manager of a restaurant and was unhappy with my job and where I was. My best friend introduced me to the wonderful world of Instagram and videos of people doing hand-lettering. Immediately I said, I want to do that! She and I both bought pens and markers and all the supplies we could find. I would spend my evenings after work practicing lettering. I bought worksheets of Etsy and just kept trying different styles for hours and hours a week. Read more>>

Janell Banks

I walked into being stand-up a comedian on a complete dare, however, I knew at the age of 9 years old that I wanted to be a comedian. I can remember classmates at the age of 9 telling me I would be on the television show Comicview. I am not fully aware of the things I could have been saying at the age of 9 but I knew I was pretty hilarious. Fast forward to 2012 where I was sitting at an open mic with a co-worker who dared me to perform, of course, I obliged and hit the stage. It felt completely natural, in fact so natural I began to perform every week at this open mic. Eventually, I was able to proceed with booking opportunities which have led to endless possibilities in the realm of comedy.  Read more>>

Jennifer Graham

I got my interest peaked in photography at a very young age. In high school, I was able to take film photography and learned how to take pictures on an old black and white Minolta film camera. I would have to wait two weeks to see if anything turned out good (and often it didn’t!). Back in the ’90s, I learned how to develop film and make prints in the darkroom. My how times have changed since then! After high school, I went to college for web design and development, but my calling was always photography. I switched my major to get my Bachelor of Fine Art in Photography. On that journey, I got married, had two children, and started my own photography business, J Renee Photography, here in the midwest. I had some setbacks along the way with being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, but I worked through them and succeeded. I found my niche in wedding photography and portraiture. I love to shoot weddings everywhere, but Kansas City holds a special place in my heart. Plus, I love the food here. Read more>>

Sharon Cantrell

Almost twenty years ago, I moved to the Kansas City area. As a social worker, (after my husband, had already started volunteering) I began to volunteer at the Micah Ministry, Independence Boulevard Christian Church (DOC). It is a holistic ministry serving the neighbors. My involvement caused me to go to seminary, Central Baptist Theological Seminary when I was 61 yrs. of age (in 2005). My husband and I have been Co-Directors for some time now and I serve as the Micah pastor.  Until the pandemic, we served 500 people over 1000 meals each Monday evening. That all changed with the pandemic. We adapted, began serving hot meals in take-away containers. We opened the front door to continue to offer clothing, blankets, tents. We also offer hygiene and toilet paper, bread, and drinks. We are currently handing out 525 plus meals each Monday. We partner with Care Beyond the Boulevard for free medical care. Read more>>

Ashley Bare

Born and raised KC – food has always been an important aspect of my life. Got my BA at KU, have traveled a ton, decided to go to culinary school in NYC. Lived there for almost 7 years, worked as a private chef, culinary instructor, and server/bartender. Moved to central coast California for a couple years, but mostly worked out of the country as a private chef during that time. Decided to move back to KC to continue to do my thing — private chef and meal prep for people. During the pandemic, the meal prep + delivery portion of my business grew tremendously due to need and also a streamlining of operations on my part. So now I focus on that almost exclusively and will relaunch my company and services as Hemma Hemma come January!. Read more>>

Antionette Tabron

I was 24 when I started my business with a few main reasons behind the idea; 1. Tired of working my 9-5, I had saved a bunch of money and wanted to invest in myself rather than spend carelessly, and last but not least I am a natural girl and it was hard finding products that actually worked on my hair. Fast forward I had started making my own hair products a couple years prior and since I had that money saved, I thought why not try a cosmetic brand. I started researching and purchasing practice products, I then started giving away samples and people returned. About 6 months after starting, I was doing really good with sales, had a website, a lot of business licenses, and decided to do a launch party. Here we are today “AnnieeAllureCollection”, home to exotic lip glosses and natural products that actually work for all hair textures.  Read more>>

Sofiya Borovytska

I was born in Izmail, Ukraine a year before our family moved to The States. Ever since we moved to Kansas City, I’ve seen the city grow and began to fall in love with it. I’ve always had an interest in clothing and sewing. I have a vision of going to a university and graduating as a fashion designer.  Once after high school, I took a break and my plan turned 180. It all started off in my mom’s tailor shop. I have always seen her busy with clothing, working hard. I never envisioned myself as a tailor or a seamstress.  There is a big difference between tailor and fashion designer… People tend to mix those up. A fashion designer only creates clothing, either for fashion shows or to sell it themselves. Everything depends on where you want to brand your name.  Currently, I am a tailor myself. I create, alter, and repair clothing. Anything you can think of with clothing I can do. Slowly, I began to love the seamstress career much more.  Read more>>

Stacia Anderson

I started photography from the time where we enjoyed Kodak camera’s/Polaroids and getting them developed each week when I was little. It was way cheaper than to actually get them developed now, but I’ve always had an eye for it. I never got my first official camera until I was in Journalism/Video Tech in high school. I loved filming, producing, and creating stories. I then took my Journalism love – to photo love. I started capturing photos of my teachers, and friends. One of my favorite and most inspiring teachers let me capture her family since she was pregnant with her firstborn (nearly 5 years ago) to now. She truly gave me the push that I needed in my career to realize I can always grow and get better and that I have to start somewhere… I slowly began adding more and more on and before I knew it, I was creating my business for myself. It wasn’t until a couple years back right after my son was born that I truly got back into loving and dedicating more time to it. I finally blossomed in my career and taking on more and more weddings and meeting new people.  Read more>>

Kara Shelley

When I started this journey, I was a mom of 3 and had my fill of the Walmart Photo Experience. I dabbled with photography but never committed to venturing down the path. At that time, I was still working full time and just started with friends and family. When my mother became terminally ill, she made me promise I would do something with my gift. She helped me come up with the name and told me that she believed this was what I was supposed to do. Fast forward about ten years or so of working in my free time and honing my craft to try to come up with my own style. I was so blessed to be able to stay home with our fourth and last child and watch my other kids grow into adulthood. Now that the youngest is old enough to be self-sufficient, I made the decision that I was going to make waves, get my name out there, put myself out there and find my people. I started to become more active in my wedding networking groups and mentoring newer wedding vendors that was looking for a way into the industry. Read more>>

Rachel Hays

The true spirit of the holiday season comes from giving back, giving thanks, and lending a helping hand to those in need.  As local Jefferson City, Missouri entrepreneurs with our own small businesses, three co-founders (+ best friends) wanted to help support our #JCMO community by giving back in a way that could help local nonprofit charitable organizations. Insert the creation of the Holiday Mart JC in 2017. We started meeting throughout the year beginning in January to plan this event and all the logistics that come with it. Luckily, we received a lot of interest right away!  Since 2017, The Holiday Mart JC has become the largest anticipated holiday shopping fundraiser event in Jefferson City, Missouri with close to 2,000 shoppers in attendance from all around the Mid-Missouri area. Our annual one-night event falls on the first Thursday of every November and features locally handmade products and crafts from Mid-Missouri entrepreneurs and crafters. From unique home goods, hand stamped jewelry, holiday gifts, boutique clothing, and a range of gourmet goodies — there is something for everyone!. Read more>>

Kristen Rising

When I turned 40, had a bit of a revelation that something needed to change in order for me to be truly happy. I was in an industry that allowed zero growth and realized that it was not for me anymore. I decided to get into the construction industry and fell in love. Working with different construction companies, it became clear to me that this industry desperately needed more women business owners. This amazing industry had many opportunities to offer, so one day I took that leap of faith and started Rising Construction Services, Inc. in November 2018. This year, 2021 in November we will turn 3 years old and I couldn’t be happier. Read more>>

Stephanie Olson

Adulting Financial was started to fill a need. There is a huge gap of resources for those looking to improve their financial wellness, which starts with a budget. I noticed that many people were skipping the most crucial steps in their personal finance journey and jumping directly to investing before securing their financial wellness first. Adulting Financial was founded to fill that gap. I studied Finance in college, and even before that, I knew that I wanted to help others with their finances. In high school, I created my first budget template and even started writing a budget book. I was extremely excited to continue my education focused on Finance. I learned a lot about investing and financial calculations, but there really wasn’t a focus on – what I consider – the important stuff. Many of my classmates went on to become financial advisors, which help people invest their money for the future, but I wanted to help people now. Read more>>

Shari Weyrauch

Prior to starting Smart Cookies Bakery in 2009, I was in corporate sales for about twenty years. My passion has always been baking. Both my mom and grandmas helped me navigate my way around a kitchen where I learned the finer points of making sweet treats from scratch. Lucky for me, each of these talented women had their own specialty so I soaked in lots of lessons and knowledge about the importance of high-quality, fresh ingredients and the time it takes to bake something really special.  Since I started Smart Cookies Bakery, I have been involved in all aspects of running a full-time business from the back end to the front end. Building up my customer base fast has been key to my longevity. A large part of my customers are from the corporate world, by referral, or we met at some of the various holiday shopping events where I have been a vendor. I do offer shipping and delivery for my customers.  Read more>>

Amy DeSitter

I started off at as an undergraduate UMKC, inspired by my professors I changed my major from secondary art education to studio art with the intention of going off to grad school to earn my Masters in Fine Arts degree, which I would need to teach at the university level. Immediately upon graduation, I went off to grad school at Ohio University. They have a well-funded MFA program geared toward teaching. It was three years of amazing self-discovery. I came back to Kansas City after that and started up an art studio in the West Bottoms, where I could make and sell my own work, and I began working for UMKC like I always wanted to. I have been teaching there since 2017. It’s adjunct work; no insurance, low pay, and no guarantee semester to semester if you’ll be teaching. It’s the way of the adjunct world, so like so many of my fellow artists and teachers, I piece my monthly financial picture together using multiple side hustles. I’ve taught classes at my studio in the West Bottoms, and I’ve participated in several local art fairs. It’s very much a month-to-month lifestyle, but I really do love my life. Read more>>

Nicole Maxwell

Prior to photographing boudoir, I concentrated on lifestyle and stylized photography, which included families, maternity, children, and pets. I also concentrated on travel, landscapes, and nature/animals. While I did enjoy it, I wasn’t finding my happiness, nor financial freedom that I was searching for. I had always been interested in the beauty of boudoir. In the past, I myself had a few sessions and found them so empowering and I have always wanted to give that feeling to other women but I just didn’t know how to go about it. I learned about successful photographers in the area and in the US and started to follow them and decided to take the leap. My husband helped turn out basement into my little studio and with help from my friends being models, I began my journey! I started my site, my portfolio with model calls, and a VIP group. I am still growing but I am confident that my investment will be worth it! I will change a person’s vision of themselves, one person at a time!. Read more>>

Jill McMillan

I’ve always been a crafty person and loved creating. But, like many people, as I got older, I had less and less time for crafting, and it kind of fell by the wayside. But suddenly, COVID-19 and quarantine happened and I found myself with an abundance of free time I hadn’t had in years. I finally had the time to do some woodworking, something I had done a little bit of previously while incorporating epoxy resin, something I had been wanting to try for a long time. Fast forward a year and a half and what started as a quarantine hobby has turned into an absolute passion of mine. Today, I spend my free time in my workshop (AKA, garage) sawing, pouring, sanding, carving, polishing, and perfecting each piece for sale either on my Etsy shop or at local markets. It’s a labor of love, and I truly do love every minute of it. Read more>>

Jessica Rogers

I am a native of South Florida and received my BFA in Fibers from Savannah College of Art & Design. I unexpectedly arrived in KC in 2010 and only know one person. I immediately set out on a personal quest to share my creativity and create a community around the small biz buzz I saw beginning to brew in KC. I started the “CartWheel Bus” in the fall of 2010, a mobile retail and art space while I was working as a server at The Genessee Royale in the West Bottoms. In 2011 I teamed with the owner, Todd Shulte, and we created The Gypsy Market Royale in the parking lot between Gennessee Royale and Amigoni Winery (Now fancy lofts), The Gypsy market Royale was a free monthly local maker’s market which gave artists and small biz owners an outlet to sell their wares and expand their businesses. This market last for about 5 years and led me to organize many other local and national artist/maker-based events including; Crafts n Drafts, Boulevardia, and Roost Market. Read more>>

Sofia Khan

When I moved from NYC to KC in 1996 and I was interested in getting involved in serving the underserved. Over the years, I connected with community leaders of refugees resettled in NE KCMO. I started meeting with resettled families. Initially, I would get donations though my friends and deliver it to them. In 2015-16 US President announced that we were going to bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees to the country, I noticed a great interest in the community to help these families. Through my work with a local resettlement agency, I had become the community sponsor for the first Syrian family of this surge to KC. Soon, I realized that we can do so much more for these family if we had proper community collaboration and support. Read more>>

Jazmin Ayala

I am a Colombian indigenous designer born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. As a child, one of my major influences was Project Runway and soon enough I started my journey as a self-taught designer with my father teaching me how to operate a sewing machine. In 2015, I had the opportunity to attend a fashion design camp (led by designer Tessa Clark, Project Runway season 17) at the University of Cincinnati where I learned the basics of patternmaking. Attending this camp helped me grow as a creative and build my portfolio throughout high school. I now attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City to pursue a degree in fashion design. I sought out to create my womenswear brand, Fashion by Ayala, after completing my first year at FIT. Since then, I have been named the winner of the 2019 Kansas City Designer Challenge held at Oak Park Mall where my designs were placed on display. Fashion by Ayala has also been featured on the runway in Kansas City Fashion Week and Jersey City Fashion Forward. Read more>>

Lauren Hawkins

My dad bought a nice camera and multiple lenses and decided somewhere in his midlife that he wanted to be a sports photographer. However, my dad NEVER used his camera, so I started to play with it. I also have a huge family, I mean big, like 32 first cousins big, and whenever we would have family get-togethers I would bust out my dad’s camera and basically do family sessions for everyone. Then Facebook came out and people would post the pictures I took, and then I had other people asking me to take their family photos, and somewhere along the line I was doing a lot of photos so decided I should probably charge for them. Photography was just a side hustle for me for a while. I was doing it on the side while I got my Master’s in Speech Pathology. I had been working as a speech therapist specializing on working with elderly patients with dementia, The best part of that job was listening to people’s stories about their life. I thought how could I combine my two passions. Read more>>

Kelly Umbach

I’ve been interested in health and fitness most of my life! I’ve tried many ways of eating and many ways of working out – just like most of you. After years of distance running and restricting calories, I ended up with a stress fracture in my femur. I was nearing 40 and knew I had to find a different approach to wellness. I started lifting weights – CrossFit and Olympic lifting – and doing more HIIT. I started eating to fuel my performance, not as a reward or punishment. My mindset started to shift around food and exercise. I began a regular yoga and meditation practice. My body composition started changing and I was finally realizing what optimal wellness and fitness felt like and I wanted to share this with others.  In 2010 I opened a CrossFit gym and began helping many people obtain the same results and freedom around food and movement. Over the past decade, I’ve done a deeper dive into Nutrition, Movement, and. Mindset with degrees from Precision Nutrition, the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, as well as becoming a 300 hr. Yoga Teacher and certified Meditation and Breathwork Coach. Read more>>

Tara Jackson

I guess you can say, I was born a creative and now I’m just walking in my purpose as one of the Co-Owners of Kreative Force Choreo, LLC.  I have loved dance since the beginning of time. I was about 4 or 5 years old when I started out dancing in the local Drill-team (American Legion Drill-Team) in my hometown, Omaha, Ne. Drill-team is where I like to give my credit as to where a lot of my powerhouse energy comes from! After dancing in the Drill-team for many years, when I got to high school, Omaha North High School, I auditioned to be a part of the Dance Team, known as the Pom Squad. Pom Squad was a new world for me, but I loved how it expanded my dance horizons. While on Pom Squad we attended dance camps with Universal Dance Association (UDA) and as a young dancer while attending UDA, I felt like I got to experience seeing some of the best dancers and choreography I had ever come across and THIS had a lasting impression on me. I knew from this experience, dance, choreography, and the gift of how it impacts people would be a HUGE part of my life. Read more>>

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