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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

NLMS student ‘Dances Upon A Dream’


January 29, 2013

Tia Buell - Contributed Photo

Dancing is a huge part of 11-year-old Tia Buell’s life and has been since she was only four years-old. The North Lake Middle School student got the opportunity to share her talent in a worldwide dance competition called Dance Upon A Dream.

“I spend about 30 hours a week dancing. I enjoy dancing, it’s a part of me and who I am,” Buell said. “I cannot imagine my life without dance. Dance allows me to express myself and tell a story through dancing.”

Dance Upon A Dream gave Buell the opportunity to compete against dancers from all over the world and when the competition was over she walked away with a first place trophy for her Mini Jazz solo. This all happened when Buell was only 10-years-old.

Dancers uploaded a video of themselves to YouTube and then they were judged by 36 International professional judges.

“I entered Dance Upon A Dream to show the world my talent and get more exposure,” Buell said. “My favorite part of the competition was watching my votes increase and of course winning.”

Buell also competed in a national dance contest entitled Rainbow National Dance Competition where she took first place for two of her solos and she and her doubles partner won for their performance as well.

“All three of her routines won Double Platinum, which is the highest, as well as placed first overall in her duo category age 12-14 and her solo’s took first overall in the age category of 9-11,” mom Jennifer Buell said.

Buell continues to excel in dance and has moved from a studio in Marysville to Camille’s Dance Edge in Edmonds. She also studies hard to ensure she keeps up her grades at North Lake Middle School.

“Dancing is a very disciplined sport so I have to be very committed and keep my grades up as well,” Buell said.


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