Whiz Kids: A Passion for Dance

Four students from the Conservatory of Classical Ballet have been accepted to prestigious summer dance programs. Another is off to college.

If you have an outstanding local young person you'd like to nominate for our Whiz Kid feature, send an email to Jill Replogle at jillr@patch.com

Patch Whiz Kids of the Week

  • Name: Taylor Lim, 12, Canyon Middle School; Katie Hospitalier, 15, Arroyo High School; Jaliya Wilkinson, 14, Creekside Middle School; Julia Owens, 18, Bishop O'Dawd High School.
  • Accomplishments: Lim, Hospitalier and Wilkinson were all accepted to prestigious summer dance programs across the nation. Owens is off to college.
  • Whiz Kids' Key to Awesomeness: Serious dedication. The girls practice five days a week at the , including all day every Saturday.

**A bake sale will be held this Saturday, April 9 at the CCT, 1035 MacArthur Blvd., to help raise money to send Hospitalier and Wilkinson to summer ballet programs.

Hospitalier will be attending the Houston Ballet's Ben Stevenson Academy this summer. The academy is a feeder school for the Houston Ballet. Hospitalier has been dancing for 10 years. 

Wilkinson will be attending Ballet West in Salt Lake City. She has been dancing for seven years. 

Lim will be attending the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. on a scholarship. She has been dancing since the age of four. 

Owens if off to college, either at University of Puget Sound in Washington or Fordham University in New York City. Either way, she plans to continue dancing. 

Angela Ambrose, who was absent for the photo, is attending the American Ballet Theatre's summer intensive program in Irvine, CA. 


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