Excited. Determined. Nervous.

Courtney DraperCourtney Draper is a rising senior at Toledo School for the Arts. She was introduced to the ACT-SO program by one of her high school mentors who headed one of the clubs she was a member of. She competed in the local Toledo ACT-SO branch competition in the Contemporary Dance category, where she received a gold medal for her piece titled, Scars to Your Beautiful. Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Courtney has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this week!

ACT-SO History

Courtney is a seasoned national ACT-SO competitor. She received a gold medal in the Contemporary Dance category of the 2016 local Toledo ACT-SO branch competition. She then traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio to compete in the national competition in the Contemporary Dance category for her piece titled, Rise. Unfortunately, her work did not place that year; however, she is grateful for the experience and is excited to compete again on the national stage this year.

Three Words to Describe Feelings about National Competition

Excited, determined and nervous. Courtney is excited to be a part of something bigger than herself and to represent her city at a nationwide event. She cannot wait to meet new people who are just as passionate about their various crafts as she is about dance. Although she is a bit nervous about competing against other talented students, Courtney is confident in her abilities and determined to do her best at the competition.

Nerves & Excitement

Courtney feels more mentally prepared going into this year’s national competition than she did last year, because she knows what to expect this time. However, she is still nervous about not leaving every ounce of energy and passion that she has on the dance floor. She wants very badly to make her family and herself proud and leave the competition with no regrets. She is looking forward to competing against some of the most talented, young artists around the country and making new friends. From this competition, Courtney hopes to gain more experience as a dancer and create memories that will last a lifetime.


“Go for it! There is a category for everyone.” – Courtney Draper

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


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