Excited. Accomplished. Nervous.

Raven Joseph.JPGRaven Joseph is a junior at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in New York, New York. She was originally attracted to the ACT-SO program because of its strong sense of community and great reputation as a national event founded by the NAACP. She competed in the 2017 local Lakeview ACT-SO branch competition in the Modern Dance category, where she received a gold medal for her piece titled, She. Due to her accomplishments at the local competition, Raven advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this month!

ACT-SO History

Raven competed in the 2016 local Lakeview ACT-SO branch competition in the Modern Dance category. She received a gold medal for her piece titled, Carol of the Bells, and advanced to the national competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. Unfortunately, her dance piece did not place at the national competition that year. However, she worked hard all year long, returned to the 2017 national competition this year and placed as a silver medalist for her piece in the Modern Dance category!

Three Words to Describe Feelings about National Competition

Excited, accomplished and nervous. Raven knew that she would be competing against some of the best young dancers in the country at this competition. Although she was nervous, she was also excited and willing to work as hard as she could to perform to the best of her abilities. She left the competition feeling accomplished and proud that she gave her all and pursued her passion.

Nerves & Excitement

Raven felt more prepared going into this year’s national competition, because she knew what to expect and understood how everything worked beforehand. She was most nervous about not being able to apply the critiques that she received at the local competition to her performance at the national competition. She was looking forward to dancing in the final performance alongside so many talented dancers, before the results were presented at the award show. From this competition, Raven hoped to gain constructive criticism on how she could improve her skills and techniques to become an even better dancer.


“Go for it, because your dreams and goals could be reached, due to this competition.” -Raven Joseph

Congratulations, Raven, on your success in the 2017 national ACT-SO competition!


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