Nervous. Excited. Determined.

Lauren NapperLauren Napper is a rising senior at Sandia High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was not originally very interested in ACT-SO, and only participated in the program because her mother forced her to join. She had lost her confidence as a dancer because it became too expensive to continue with lessons, causing her to quit. She swore that she would never dance again; however, her mother believed in her more than she believed in herself. Now, she is so happy and grateful that she decided to participate in the program and has had an amazing experience thus far.

Lauren competed at the 2017 local Albuquerque ACT-SO branch competition in the Dance: Contemporary and Dance: Traditional categories. She won a gold medal in the Dance: Contemporary category for her piece titled, I’m Going Down, and she received another gold medal for her Dance: Traditional piece, which is currently unnamed. Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Lauren has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this upcoming July!

Three Words to Describe to Feelings about National Competition

Nervous, excited and determined. Lauren is nervous about potentially forgetting her dance routine while she is on stage. She is excited to meet new people and experience what the ACT-SO program is truly about. Lastly, she is determined to prove to herself that she is still a great dancer and performer and that she can do anything that she sets her mind to.

Nerves & Excitement

Lauren is nervous about forgetting her routine for the Dance: Traditional category. She has not been performing Samba dance for very long, so she is worried about making mistakes in her dance movements. Despite her anxieties, she is looking forward to meeting new people and traveling to the East Coast. She is extremely excited to compete in her very first national competition and watch all of the other talented students perform too. She also hopes to gain more confidence and belief in herself, through competing at the national competition.


Lauren will share her motivational words after she finishes competing in her first national competition.

We wish you the best of luck, Lauren, in the 2017 national competition!



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