Mackenzie Seifert - Maryland Interview by Inspiring Teens Nomination by Krista Seifert Photography by Becca Matthews Issue 41 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination:Mackenzie Seifert is so hard working and dedicated to everything she does. She is a pre-professional dancer and the reining national champion of Imagine Dance Challenge in Hershey Pennsylvania.
Photography by Becca Matthews
Tell us your dance story. When did you start, where and what do you study now, & what do you love most about it? I started dancing when I was only 2 years old and began a competitive team at 4. I have danced for D&J’s Dynamite Dance Company my entire life. I started in a ballet class for 2-3-year-old and I know train in ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, lyrical, ballroom, and my most favorite style, tap. I love that dance has provided an outlet for me for so long to be able to do something that takes away all of my stress. I also love that it has allowed me to travel so much to meet so many amazing dancers and choreographers all around the world.
How has dance changed you over the years? Over the years, dance has formed me into the person I am today. Without the incredible support from my amazing teachers along with my family, I would not be the responsible person I am. Being at the studio for long hours every day has forced me to have really good time management skills in order to keep up my good grades in school. I also work and assist at my dance studio whenever they need me and I even teach a solo and two duets that will compete on stage. I always try to be an inspiration to the younger dancers to keep pushing even when it's hard because that is what all the incredible dancers before me did.
What opportunities has dance brought you? Dance has brought me so many incredible opportunities throughout the years. At one point, I was a part of the American Tap Company which represents the Unites States at an incredible competition against all other countries. I am also in 3 tap videos with the Jam Youth Project, another tap group. By training hard and always being at the studio, my teacher allowed me to assist with younger classes which have eventually led me to teach. I have also worked with many choreographers and contestants from So You Think You Can Dance by attending conventions.
Photography by Becca Matthews
What is school like for you while spending so much time at dance? For me, school is still very important even though I love to dance so much. I would never sacrifice my grades, even if that meant staying up super late to get all my work done. Dance has motivated me to do better in school because it is important for me to be able to do my best at everything I do. I also try to miss the least amount of school possible for dance but when we have a competition far away, I would have to miss Friday or leave early on Friday but we only had 3 competitions a year so I didn’t miss much for dance.
What would you like to share with us about girls working in the Sports Industry? There are so many talented women in the Sports Industry and I can’t wait to join them in 4-5 years. I love watching football and am so fascinated by everything involved specifically the draft the college players go through to get to the NFL. There aren’t many women currently working in the Sports Industry but there is more than ever before which shows that it is growing in a good way. My ultimate goal is to be a Sports Analyst in the NFL.
What is the hardest thing you have ever accomplished, and how did you do it? I won 1st place at Imagine National Dance Challenge Nationals in Hershey, PA out of 180 15-19-year-old, and I was only 15. I practiced my solo so much because I wanted to get in the top 20 but they announced me as winning the Technique award, the most important part of your score, and I couldn’t have been more excited to be named the National Champion 2019.
Photography by Krista Seifert
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be where you are today? To always practice and try and inspire the younger people around you because everyone wants to have someone to look up to and simply saying Hi to someone can make their day.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are your plans? In 5 years, I see myself either working for the NFL or working for a specific NFL team at an entry-level position to eventually work my way up to Sports Analyst.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that was not in your nomination? I love to travel and go to the beach but those aren’t always easily accessible, so I also love shopping.
3 Things on your bucket list. Go to Hawaii, go to Greece, Become a Sports Analyst
Who do you find inspiring? All of my dance teachers and my parents.
What about you inspires others/why do you think you are inspiring? I think others love my dedication and notice my dedication and see how helpful I am to my dance teachers and one day they want to be the assistant.
How do you keep your schedule straight when you are so busy? I use Google Calendar but I also have a pretty good memory which helps a lot.
Look for Mackenzie in issue 41 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!