Anna Goldfogle – Maryland Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination and Photography by Danielle Lavis Photography Issue 20 Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: This natural beauty is a ray of sunshine! Anna is outgoing, funny, energetic and loves to meet new people! She has danced all her life. She competed at a dance studio on a team from fourth grade all the way until sophomore year in high school. She then decided to try something new and she joined Poms. To round out her accomplishments, Anna is in the National Honors Society at school and an honor roll student. Anna and her family run a non-profit organization/event called Ben's Run in memory of her brother Ben, who passed away from cancer. She helps her family prepare for the annual run each year by promoting it on social media, designing spirit wear, coming up with new ideas to incorporate and so much more. They have held the run for eight years and have raised over $650,000 for research to go towards childhood cancer. To continue her efforts, Anna is an ambassador for Dance Hope Cure, which is a social media campaign that raises awareness for childhood cancer. It allows her to use her love for dance to spread the word about childhood cancer and share her personal story of her brother.
Image by Danielle Lavis Photography
How did your interest in dance begin? What is your favorite style of dance and why? When I was three years old my mom put me in ballet class at a small studio and that’s when it all started. I was immediately hooked, and wanted to take other styles too, so I switched to a new studio. My favorite style of dance is probably lyrical or contemporary because I like to challenge myself with creating new lines with my body as well as connecting to the music.
Tell us about Ben’s Run and how someone could contribute if they are not able to attend the run. Ben’s Run is a non-profit organization that my family and I started to raise money towards research for childhood cancer at Children’s Hospital in memory of my brother Ben. It started 9 years ago when we raised $33,000 and now in total, we have raised $730,000. If you cannot attend the actual run, you can always donate online because every penny makes a difference in these kids’ lives.
Image by Mike Gilette
What are your duties within Dance Hope Cure? How could someone join? My duties with Dance Hope Cure is to take pictures and post them on social media to spread awareness about childhood cancer. The more people that know about it, the more people that can help. It is the perfect way to combine my love for dance and passion for awareness of childhood cancer. Last year a group of my friends and I had a photoshoot specially for pictures of us dancing to promote Ben’s Run (which is seen in the photo) and it was so powerful.
Image by Mike Gilette of Haley Stone Danielle Shawver Madelyn Beckman Madison Knapp Lanie Nachlas Melina Meraklis and Anna Goldfogle
Tell us more about your experiences with the Poms team. How long were you on the team for? I joined the Poms team at my high school junior year and was captain for my senior year.
How was Poms different from the dance you used to do? How was it similar? Explain! It is different than dancing at a studio because our routines are super high intensity and require lots of stamina. Therefore, we run and workout every day in order to be in shape for our routines. It’s super fun because we get to perform at our football and basketball games. We also compete at 3 Invitationals and a County competition against all the other D1 poms teams in Montgomery County.
Anna will be featured in Issue 20 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!