Carlee Smith Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Melba Brown Photography by Carolyn Griffin Georgia Issue 18
Nomination: Carlee Faith Smith is a High School Senior, an honor student, and is already attending college full time. She is a dancer with National titles including the Governor's Honor Program finalist for dance. She received most inspiring dancer out of the entire convention. She teaches dance, works at a boutique, and volunteers for elderly through youth group at church.
When did your career in dance begin? When I was 8 years old, I heard of a studio opening in my hometown. Originally, I had not planned on dancing. I went with my mom to sign my younger sister up and ended up begging her to sign me up.
Tell me about some of your National Dance titles. During our season we have mandatory regional competitions, but nationals during the summer is optional. My first year I went to nationals in Savannah, GA, I had to fill in a small group because girls who were in the dance backed out. I had to learn it two weeks before the week of nationals and perform it. Talk about pressure! I, along with three other girls, won our first national title and it felt good knowing our hard work paid off! Another title I obtained with my duo partner for 4 years, who also happens to be my best friend. So, you could say we have a pretty good connection. We got a huge check like the ones you see on TV.
Do you think you will continue dancing in the future? For sure. It has been and always will be a big part of my life. I plan on dancing on the dance team at whatever college I go to. In the future, I would love to continue to take classes or even teach my own and choreograph for studios.
What are you studying at college? I plan on majoring in Criminal Justice and becoming a criminal investigator.
Why did you want to study this? I originally wanted to study Law, but I do not agree with some of the responsibilities that attorneys have. In school, I always liked math because there was a solution to be found. That is kind of how I feel about being an investigator because I love figuring stuff out. About four weeks ago my car was broken into and after talking to the investigator, I have my heart set on this and being able to work with people to bring justice for the community.
Carlee will be featured in Issue 18 of Inspiring Teens Magazine