Madison Insolia – North Carolina Nomination by Anna Insolia Photography by Leah Custer Photography Issue 48 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Madison is inspiring in every way! She is bright, funny, loving, athletic, faithful and an extremely talented young lady. With her dedication to dance and music, as well as incredible artistic abilities in drawing, she captivates everyone around her. Madison's positive outlook has helped her family get through the most difficult of times. Her smile is infectious, and her personality is grand. She even won Miss Jr. Preteen Atlanta, GA when she was 8 years old! There is no challenge that she can't face with grace and determination. Madison inspires to be a sports journalist in the future.
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Tell us about your dance career. How did you get started, what dances are you studying now and what do you love most about it? My dance career actually started due to an end of a cheer career! I was the tiniest girl at the time, so that made me the flyer, although my dad did not like that. He walked onto the gym floor, told me to get down, and that was it! Off to try dance it was…and I fell in love with it! I started off with just the basic classes like Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern. My favorite was Hip Hop when I was able to take those classes! I was the youngest one to make it into the Pre-Professional Company at my dance studio in Georgia, so that made me fall in love with dance even more, knowing hard work can pay off! Then, when my family had moved to North Carolina, I came to competitive dance studio and I LOVE it. The studio is my second home, as it is often where you’ll find me most, day in and day out. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I do pretty much every style here, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballroom, Pointe, and even technical classes for conditioning and strengthening. I could write a book about what I love about dance, but the biggest thing would be the way I can become a different person when I am on stage or in the studio. I can leave all my worries behind and dance my heart out without a care in the world because it’s a way to express something I may not be able in a verbal way. I also love the bond it creates. My team are my best friends, even more so than school friends, and I know that they will ALWAYS have my back and I have theirs.
What is a favorite memory and/or accomplishment from dance? I have so many favorite memories and accomplishments from dance! Although I would have to say a personal favorite is one that just recently happened at this past seasons’ nationals! I performed the best I think I ever have, placing first for a duo with another teammate of mine, 11th overall with my solo out of almost 300 Senior solos, and winning the final championship with a dance that is probably the most near and dear to our team’s heart. It tells a story of women empowerment and the feeling of knowing we performed our absolute best, AND was able to get that Victory Cup, is the best feeling in the world!
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What type of music are you involved in? We'd love to hear more about it. With dance comes my love for music.. all types! Dance allows me to have such a variety of music taste, whether it be from pop, all the way to classical violin or jazz music. Additionally, music runs in my family. Both of my brothers were in the marching band playing percussion, drumline, and saxophone. I grew up going to their band competitions or just hearing them at football games and I fell in love with that too! So, I started hanging around my brother as he was at home practicing percussion, specifically piano, and I began to teach myself and learn from him! Once I hit middle school, I was able to have the opportunity to be in the band so I did! I played the Oboe for about 3 years and that allowed me to really grow my knowledge in reading and understanding music. Music is something I hope to never lose!
Please share an artic creation you love with us. The images I have shared with you are a yearbook I designed for my middle school when I was in 8th grade, and various murals I drew and painted in my brothers’ office building! Art is a way I can express myself, much like music and dance. I love the endless possibilities I can create with every art piece and I know that will never change. I always have the urge to be creating something new. I find it so enjoyable, and even relaxing!
What should we definitely know about you in 100 words or less? You should definitely know about my personality. I am humble to admit that I have a very positive, bubbly, and resilient personality. Through any situation that comes across my path, I always remain thinking about the positive outcomes of the situation and how it could potentially better myself and others! This comes from a saying I very much value, “Everything happens for a reason.” My family, friends, and even coaches/mentors always say I am such a light to be around! A smile can say a thousand words, as I always show my positivity by lighting up a room with a smile! It is something I know can encourage other’s day to become better, as well as for my own day!
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? Something that my nomination does not cover is my high desire to always lead others down the right pathway in life! Often my friends and family tell me how amazing I am at giving advice, and I take this into heart. I strive for always wanting to help others with whatever the situation may be, as I feel it is so heartwarming to know there is someone they can go to when in need of help. I love listening to others and taking in every detail so I can give the best advice possible! Leading anyone and everyone down the right path brings me so much joy, and knowing I can help, even if it is in the slightest way possible, I know I have done the right thing. That’s what makes me the most filled with joy.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why? If I were to present a topic to a group of my peers, it would most definitely be on the topic of commitment. I am a competitive dancer and I am strongly committed to it! I feel that commitment in life is highly valued and will lead a person to great success! I would explain to my peers that being committed to something whether it be a hobby, sport, etc., can lead a person to be a great leader and often lead to success in finding something that they might pursue in the future. Being committed to dance has taught me how to grow as a human being, how to become a leader, how to work hard for what is deserved, to stand up for myself, and to even learn to never give up.
Look for Madison in issue 48 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!