To touch, to move, to inspire. This is the true gift of dance. - Aubrey Lynch
|Kyla Caitlin ( ())|
hero is my dance teacher, Caitlin Hoffman. She is always a big help in
my life and she always knows the right things to say to put a smile on
your face. She is the one person I look up to because she has helped me
with dance and without her I probably wouldn't be where I am today.
Hoffman right now is 23 years old and graduated from UNL back in
December. She was born in Overland Park, Kansas and moved to Lincoln
when she was eight. She is currently an eighth grade math teacher at
Mickle Middle School. In addition to teaching, she works at
Grandmother's Restaurant as a server and also at a nursery on Sunday
mornings. When she is not doing all of that you can usually find her at
the Capital City Dance Shack, or as we dancers/cloggers call it CCDS.
She has been dancing since she was eight. Her grandmother enrolled her
in clogging when she was eight and doesn't plan to stop now. She also
dances on the Senior clogging competition team, Tap This. Tap This is
the nation's top clogging team, two years running. In addition to
teaching at the Dance Shack, She also drives to Fairbury and teaches at a
studio there, and this fall she was asked to teach in Crete, Nebraska.
is very close to a lot of people in her life. Friends and people at the
studio are among the ones that she loves spending time with and sharing
the happy times. However, the people that she is closest to and who
mean the most to her is her family. Her mom is super supportive and
supports her in everything she does, especially dance. Her dad always
brings a smile to her face. He is one of the funniest people she knows.
Her sister, Hannah and brother, Parker are always there for her. Hannah
is there for her, especially their passion, dance. Parker is just one
for the company and some good laughs. Her family is so Charismatic and
says what motivates her most is the kids at the dance studio. She loves
all of the kids so much because she can see how much they love and enjoy
doing dance which is what she loves to see most. Whenever she is having
a bad day, the kids sure know how to make her smile. All of the kids at
the studio are so supportive of one another and you can see it in their
eyes that they really love spending their time together at practice.
When she sees the kids having fun and working hard, that really motivates
her - whether that motivation is for dance, school, getting things done,
or simply motivating herself to be a better person.
said she didn't realize that clogging would consume her life and she
would be so involved. She never dreamed that she would be on the team
that she is on today or the fact that she would be teaching so many kids
and at so many different studios. Joel, has been a great mentor for
her. She really looks up to him when it comes to Tap - this and
choreography ideas. Joel is an amazing dancer and she enjoys working
with him. He has pushed her and pushed her and it's definitely paid off.
She gives him a lot of credit because without him she wouldn't be where
she is today.
Caitlin wasn't a dancer she would still be doing everything she is
doing to this day besides the dancing part. She has a full time job at
Mickle Middle School teaching eighth grade math. Ever since she was
little she wanted to be a teacher. She enjoys working and learning with
kids. They bring so much excitement and always makes her day
special/memorable in some way. Even if she wasn't dancing She would
still be teaching just maybe not in Nebraska.
hero(s) are her parents. Without her parents she wouldn't be where she
is today. They have always been there for her and have inspired her to
become a better person. They have always taught her to do her best and
to push herself in all areas. They have supported her through school,
work, and dance. She loves her parents and thanks them for everything.
has taken her to all kinds of places. Ohio, Georgia, Texas, Missouri,
Kansas, Hawaii, Tennessee, etc. Clogging competitions are so amazing.
You spend all these months preparing four or five routines and you have
one shot on stage to give it your all. The adrenaline is insane! She
loves traveling and seeing new states. At clogging competitions you see
other dancers and teams and meet a lot of new people. These teams are
always at the same competitions as you, so it's cool when you finally
get to see them, even though it may only be three or four times a year.
Traveling together definitely brings all the dancers and even the
parents together. It's like we are one big clogging family.
has danced with the Capital City Cloggers. Within the last three years
we have changed our studio name to the Capital City Dance Shack. We now
offer clogging, hip hop, and power tap. She loves the studio and
everyone that comes with it!!
specific emotional obstacle that really sticks out to her is when she
lost four of her best friends from one of the teams she danced on. They
were called the Fab Five and had been dancing with each other for years
and years. They were all inseparable at the studio and outside the
studio. They literally were like her sisters, they were always together.
As they got older, the commitment level to the studio and dance wasn't
there. They began to get more involved in high school activities and
high school graduation. She was so sad when they said they were
quitting. She felt like they betrayed her and couldn't understand why
they didn't love dance as much as she did. She felt like if they left,
they wouldn't hang out as much as when they were a part of the studio
and would eventually drift apart. It was a really hard time for her.
However, things happen for a reason and she moved on to a team called
Whiplash and then Tap This.
doesn't know if she regrets it or not, but after she graduated high
school, she really wanted to move away and go to school. However, if she
moved away that meant she
couldn't dance. She had to choose between staying in Lincoln and dance
or move away and not dance. As you can see she stayed. She truly
believes that all things happen for a reason. She is glad she stayed,
but she thinks it would have been really cool moving away to a new place
and start all over.
today was her last day to live she would want to spend it all day with
her family. Since she is very busy, she tends to neglect and take for
granted family time. She would love to have her dad make her favorite
breakfast, french toast, walk her dogs, read outside on the patio with
her mom, have a family game night, and then walk and get ice cream with
her brother, sister, mom, and dad.
you can see I think that Caitlin is a very good role model and when I'm
older I hope to be as good of a dancer as she is. She is like our team's
mom, we love her to death and she helps us through our injuries and our
happy moments with our team. I can't wait for this year to roll through
with all of our competitions and bonding time.
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