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Dancing Queen

Senior Tatum Pietrzak Reflects On Her Journey To Becoming A College Dancer
Marianne Hakanson
“Dance has created an everlasting impact on my life that allowed me to create friendships, learn discipline and respect for the art, and foster a passion of mine forever,” Pietrzak said.

“I still get nervous before every performance, but it’s the good kind of nervous, like excited,” Pietrzak said.

From 8 – hour long practices, to performing in front of hundreds, to simply being a high school student, senior Tatum Pietrzak seems to be able to balance it all. Tatum is a 4 year Star Stepper line member, a student at M.A. Dance Project, and a future dancer at Texas State University’s Dance Program.

With poms in hand and a smile on her face, Pietrzak dazzles fans and students at the half – time show. Pietrzak tells us that her favorite memory of her senior year was performing at football games. (Kendall Trujillo)

Pietrzak has been a dancer at the award-winning studio, M.A. Dance Project since she was just 4 years old. She began her training in ballet and eventually became a part of their competitive team. Pietrzak has competed in championships all around the country in styles like Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, and Hip-Hop.

“I feel like dance has helped with my confidence,” Pietrzak said. “Getting in front of the school body and performing for them and then not being afraid to be a leader. Trying to set a good example while being a part of a team.”

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Along with competing for her studio, she also is a member of The Vista Ridge Star Steppers. Pietrzak balances daily practices and competitions for both the studio and drill teams all throughout the year.

“Having good time management because they’re both a big priority in my life,” Pietrzak said. “Just knowing when to focus on either is important.”

As a senior, she reflects on how being a member of Star Steppers has improved her confidence in performing in front of the student body.

“I feel that this was the best year we’ve had, and we’ve built a community,” Pietrzak said.

Although Pietrzak has bittersweet feelings about graduating, she is looking forward to using her skillset learned from both teams as she attends Texas State’s Dance Program in the fall. Pietrzak has made a lasting impact on not only her teams but those who have had the honor of watching her perform.

It is evident that the Vista Ridge community is beyond excited to see what’s in store for the young dancer.

“Dance has equipped me for the future by teaching me how to work with others,” Pietrzak said. “Whether that’s personally or with dance.”


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