Davis and Zawada represent LPHS in Hawaii


LaPorte Slicers Addison Davis and Ryley Zawada were selected this summer as United Dance Associated All-American dancers and will be performing in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii on December 7th.

UDA is an organization that promotes dance from high school varsity teams to the collegiate level. They host tournaments and events for the best dancers in the country and select the candidates for the All-American title. Both girls were selected after trying out at the Purdue UDA camp over the summer.

Being named UDA All-American is a big accomplishment for high school dancers around the country, so Davis and Zawada were ecstatic to learn that they were selected.

“We couldn’t believe it because we didn’t think we were going to get in,” Both agreed.

The trip begins on December 4th and ends on December 8th. During those four days, the girls will visit Pearl Harbor, enjoy Waikiki Beach, learn about Polynesian culture, experience a luau, and finally, perform in the 80th Annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade. Both girls are excited for their trip and the new experience.

“I am looking forward to dancing in the parade and the luau,” Both agreed.

Davis and Zawada have been dancers since they were able to read and write with Davis starting as a cheerleader and Zawada as a dancer. Both girls started their high school careers on the dance team and excelled from jv to varsity in a short period of time. Their talent and leadership skills were noticed when they tried out for the UDA All-American team and were selected to participate in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in Hawaii in December.

Their hard work as dancers has been rewarded by being named All-American, but dance means so much more to them and has played a large role in who they have become as people.

“It gave me a lot of confidence,” Davis said.

Coach Tenbusch has been a large part of their dance journey and has been a large inspiration to Davis and Zawada. Her talent, determination, and strength has helped fuel the girls’ love for dance.

“I look up to Tenbusch. She really pushes us,” Davis said.

Davis and Zawada’s dance journey has been fruitful and both girls have decided that they will continue to dance in their future.

“I want to go to Purdue and join the Purdue Golddusters Dance Team,” Zawada said.

Davis has not committed to a college yet, but she knows she wants to dance in her future.

With their time on the LaPorte High School Poms and Dance team coming to an end this year, Davis and Zawada will always remember the friendships they made and the moments that helped them become the strong dancers they are today.

“Making the team freshman year and making new friends during camp was one of the best moments,” Zawada said.

Though the journey is almost over, they hope to pass on their hopes and dreams to fellow teammates and other up and coming dancers. Both girls radiate confidence and elegance on the dance floor and want to share that with incoming dancers.

“Go for it and don’t be scared,” Davis said.

Davis and Zawada are excited to represent LaPorte in the Aloha state this December

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