PLYMOUTH – A local 12 year old, Autumn Feola, has won the National Jr. Solo and First Place Gold in Hip Hop at a Nationals dance competition at Foxwoods Resort Casino.
Feola was presented with two trophies for her accomplishments.
“It feels really good to be recognized and it makes me feel special,” said Autumn Feola. “I think it’s a lot of fun to get on stage and show everyone what I’ve learned.”
Feola has been dancing since she was three years old, is a student at Eli Terry Middle School and attends the Reach For The Stars Academy of Dance.
Feola’s mother, April Feola, said that she too used to dance in competitions but never won Nationals. She is very proud of her daughter’s accomplishments.
“She got started as soon as she showed an interest in dancing and music,” said April Feola. “She loves hip hop, the music and the dancing, and she is also trained in tap ballet and acro-ballet, which has a lot of tumbling. She loves to get up on stage and compete – she’s like a little fireball. It makes me so happy to see as a mom.”
April Feola thanked her daughter’s instructor at Reach For The Stars Academy of Dance, Faith Black, for “doing such a good job with her.”
“She does group classes and also participates in a class recital once a year,” said April Feola. “She has won almost every competition that she has participated in.”
April Feola said that she has taken her daughter to competitions all along the east coast, including the Elite Dance and Showstopper competitions.
“She’s going to train all over again for hip hop solo performances in September,” said April Feola. “She’s also planning to participate in a hip hop group competition.”
In addition to her passion for dance, Autumn Feola also does chorus and cheerleading at Eli Terry Jr. Middle School.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.