Kristen began her dance journey when she was three years old at Westbrook Dance Academy, partaking in pre-k tap and ballet classes. She was apart of the first youngest group Julie Westrbook Smith took to Showstoppers dance competition. After two years of competitive dancing Kristen stepped back from the dance spotlight to pursue other hobbies like gymnastics, basketball, and swimming, but eventually her heart came back to dance. In 2012 Kristen went back to dancing and had to start at the bottom of the totem pole after losing three years of training, but she quickly rose to the challenge and was able to push herself to leap higher, turn longer, and most importantly improve technique. Throughout her highschool career Kristen danced under the direction of Stephanie Kersten at Lake Mary High School in her elite dance class. Kristen choreographed multiple dances for her fellow peers and solos for herself, including the genres of ballet, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. Along with dancing at school she also attended classes at Westbrook Dance Academy for their company team and was given the opportunity to assist in creative movement and Pre-K classes. At this time in her life Kristen knew she wanted to be a teacher. In 2017 Kristen graduated from Lake Mary High School and went on to pursue her teaching dreams, she was offered a job to teach at WDA and is now beginning her third year of teaching while attending the University of Central Florida to earn her Bachelors in Elementary Education. Kristen loves her WDA family and is so excited to see where this new year takes us!
“You can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed” -Misty Copeland