Alexis Tobin – Indiana Nomination & Photography by Moments in Time by Kimberly Kreuger Issue 63 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Lexi is a typical teenage girl. She participates in 4H. She started as a mini even before Kindergarten. She started showing llamas, then sheep, and currently dogs! She dances at Elite Dance and Acrobatics in Martinsville. This is her second year with their competitive team. This is also her second year with the Influencer team. Being part of both of these teams has brought her a long way. Her self confidence and self esteem have really grown. She loves to encourage others and is always the first to give out a kind word. She is outgoing and a free-spirited individual.
Tell us about your participation in 4-H showing livestock and dogs. My participation in showing my dog is me working with her in showmanship, agility, and obedience. When showing the sheep I have to walk it in the ring by holding it around the neck and behind the ears. Then, you stack them by putting your knee in their chest to make them stand up straight. For llamas, I would teach them to go over jumps and different obstacles.
Which is your favorite animal to show and why? My favorite animal to show is my dog because of the bond we have together.
Which is the easiest and which is the hardest? What is your reasoning for each answer? The easiest one to show would be sheep because you walk them in the ring and make sure they stay stacked correctly. Llamas would be in between easy and hard because you have to get them to do obstacles. Dogs are the hardest to show because you have to have a bond with your dog. If you don’t have a bond or mutual respect then they won’t listen to you and it won't be fun.
What do you love most about competitive dance? I love the girls on the team and all of my coaches. They are all very supportive when it comes to the dances and learning the new routines. It is very exciting going on stage and performing for the judges.
What has been a favorite accomplishment with dance? My favorite accomplishment is being really close with some of the girls on the team. I have built a lot of friendships and feel like we are all part of a big family. It has made me become a stronger dancer because I feel like they are pushing me and helping me along the way.
How did you find and why did you choose Kim Krueger for your photographer? I had a few friends that were already on the team. One of the girls asked me to come to a photoshoot with her and I met Kim. I saw how close all the girls were and I decided I wanted to be on the team. Kim is a great leader for the team and is always very encouraging.
What do you love most about being on the influencer team? I love how all of the girls are so close and they all get along really well. They are always saying kind things to one another. We want to build each other up and be positive.
What has your experience been like? What have you loved most about it? My experience has been amazing being on the team. It has boosted my confidence a lot. I have loved that I have become friends with the girls on the team.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? I have also shown dogs in AKC shows. I was an extra in a movie, The Rose Wagon, that will hopefully be out next Christmas.
What is the difference between showing dogs in 4H vs AKC shows? The difference between AKC and 4H is that AKC is a professional dog show organization. The dogs are purebred dogs and they are trying to win titles. In 4H, it is more for fun and the dogs do not have to be purebred. They can be a mixed breed.
What types of dogs have you shown and what is special about them? I have shown 2 Australian Shepherds also known as Aussies. My dog is a Sheltie/mini Aussie. The most special thing about the dogs I have shown is the bond that I have with each of them.
What is The Rose Wagon about and what was your role as an extra? How did you get the role and what did you do for it? The Rose wagon is a Christmas story, a season of hope. I played a mean girl and I had to mock the little girl. I had a friend that was playing one of the main roles and he told me about the part. They were recruiting extras and he asked if I wanted to do it. I just kind of lucked into it. I had never done anything like that before or even thought about doing it, so it was exciting to be able to be a part of it.
What else would you like to talk about? I would like to talk about my family and my friends and I would also like to talk about my dog.
Tell us about your family and where you fit in. Where do you stand out? I am the youngest in the family. I have 2 older sisters, Gracie and Taylor. I have two older cousins as well, Shelby and Abby. So, my grandma and grandpa have 5 granddaughters. We are all pretty close and a bit crazy. I fit in with the craziness. I stand out because I am the only one who is involved in dance.
What is a family memory you'll never forget? One of my favorite family memories is the vacation to dance nationals last year. We went to Branson, MO. We stayed in a guest house in the country. She had pigs, chickens, cats and dogs that ran the property. We spent a lot of the time with other dancers and their families. I had a blast with my closest friend, Emma. We hung out with each other almost everyday.
Tell us about your dog. Her name is Zoey and she is 3 years old. She is super sweet and loves pretty much everyone she meets. I wanted a dog that would cuddle and want to be with me all the time and I got just that.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? I would talk about how I love to dance and how others should do it. Dance has helped with my confidence level and my self esteem. It is like having a second family. I feel that being a part of Elite Dance and Acrobatics has really been an amazing experience for me. I want other teens to be a part of something special that builds them up and offers friendships that last for a long time.
Look for Alexis in issue 63 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!