Kaela Frankenfield - Pennsylvania Interview by Zoe D'Angelo Nomination by Amanda Frankenfield Photography by Thomas Kay Photography Issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: Kaela Frankenfield is an Inspiring teen. She not only works hard for what she wants but has a passion for it as well. She loves to share her talent to her younger students. She has student taught since the age of 12. She now has her own group of students. Not only does she dance on average of 10+ hours a week but also teaches dance about 15+ hours a week. She is also on her Dance Company and Tap troupe at her Studio. She enjoys Choreographing her student’s pieces as well as her own solos. She inspires younger kids to find a passion for what they love and never give up. Hard work and dedication always pay off.
Tell us about your dance history and how you got started. I got into dance when I was in first grade. My teacher was the owner of the dance program at my local community center so I asked my mom if I could start dance. So my mom signed me up for a jazz class my first year, and I instantly loved it. I worked hard throughout that whole year. I stayed at the community center dance program for three years then moved to a dance studio and stayed there for many years. That Studio then closed, and I followed one of my teachers to the studio she went. I felt like I needed to be pushed more so I found a studio more geared towards technique. I have been there since.
What is it like student teaching? Student teaching is where I get to assist the teacher with a certain class. I have now had the opportunity to be the head dance instructor where I work. This allows me to choreograph dances, pick costumes, create lesson plans, etc.
What dance style is your favorite and why? My favorite dance style is tap. Tap is powerful, it has given me confidence and helped my self-esteem, it teaches persistence and hard-work ethics. Tap dancing also allows me to be a musician for people who cannot see dancing but, can hear it.
How were you able to stay positive through the time your mother was going through cancer treatments? I was able to stay positive through this time because I thought of what my mom would want me to do; she would want me to keep doing what I love and push through the hardest of moments in life. I also knew that my mother needed me by her side in every step through her journey. I knew as well that if I stayed positive there would be a positive outcome for her health.
Why do you think you are inspiring? I feel that I am an inspiring teen because I have never given up on my Love for dance. As we all know the dance world can be hard. There is always that one thing that you can’t get or that one student that always is front and center. I have learned myself to not look at others and let that bring me down but to focus on what I can do to help others not feel down from some of this stuff. I have always taught my students to build on what you are good at and work harder on what you are struggling with. I feel I have inspired many of my current students to do this. This is a hard thing to get past because we all judge ourselves and we sometimes get down by favoritism, jealousy, etc. I have taught/inspired my students to not let this stuff get in their way.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans for the future? I see myself in 5 years already graduated from college and working on my path to owning a dance studio.
Kaela will be featured in issue 30 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!