Karenna Glenn Interviewed by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination and Photography by Danielle Lavis Photography, LLC Maryland Issue 17 | Dancer
The Nomination: Karenna Glenn. Karenna is a beautiful soul with the most uplifting spirit! Karenna is sweet, bubbly, compassionate and fun! She is proud of the fact that she is on a nationally ranked dance team (Savage Dance Company). She is also proud of her ability to work extremely well with special needs children. She is in the National Honors Society and has won several Student of the Month awards. She has also won numerous dance scholarships. A cause that is important to Karenna is raising awareness for pediatric cancer research. She is an ambassador for Dance Hope Cure. She participates in dance photo shoots for them and all the money goes to research.
How did your interest in dance begin? My interest in dance started when I was three and a half. I was in preschool, and they offered dance classes. I instantly fell in love. As I got older and more experienced, I discovered dance is a great way to express emotions that are not always easily verbalized. Tell me about your nationally ranked dance team. I have been dancing at Savage Dance Company (SDC) for nine years and competing with my team for the past seven years. We have won several awards to include World of Dance Regionals in New Jersey (2017), World of Dance Regionals in New York (2018), and we were one of the top 5 studios at the Dance Awards (2017). I dance at least twenty-five hours a week and this includes classes and company rehearsal time. We go to several regional competitions a year, and we always do extremely well. This year I am a senior, and it is really bittersweet - I consider all of my teammate’s brothers and sisters. It is easy to say that I would not be where I am today without the owners, faculty, and my team at SDC.
What kind of other awards have you won? And why do you think you won them? I have won two Student of the Month Awards. The first I received in my freshman year from my math teacher, and I received the other in my sophomore year from the dance teacher. Overall, I was selected because I am always eager to help other students when they need it. In my sophomore year, I was the teaching assistant for Dance I. In this class, there were four special needs students. I was primarily in charge of working with them and teaching the class when the teacher was absent. I developed a very special bond with the special needs students and my favorite part of the day in my sophomore and junior year was when I worked with them.
What are some of your duties as you are an ambassador for Dance Hope Cure? I became a Dance Hope Cure ambassador in the Fall of 2018. As an ambassador, I get to have dance related photo shoots and all the money raised is donated to childhood cancer research. Additionally, as an ambassador, I promote this non-profit organization by posting the pictures they take of me by their Emmy Award-winning photographer, Mike Gillette on social media. Finally, SDC was privileged to participate and share our love for dance for the first time at an event called Curefest that occurs on the National Mall in Washington, DC. All the senior ambassadors on my team choreographed the piece we performed for this event to raise awareness and funds to further childhood cancer research.
Do you plan on continuing to dance in the future? Why or why not? I am still trying to figure out if I will be dancing in the future. In college, I would like to join the dance team, but I will not be majoring in dance. Dance will always have a special place in my heart, but I would like to try other things.
Karenna will be featured in Issue 17 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.