Jelena Rivera is a 15-year-old dancer from Parlin, New Jersey. She dances at Star Struck Dance Studio.
“Dance has always been a positive force in my life. I have made so many friends that are now family.”
How does dance have a positive impact on your life?
Dance has always been a positive force in my life. I have made so many friends that are now family. My studio owner is like a second mom, and I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to travel to so many places. Dance has kept me from going stir crazy during quarantine.
How do you want to use dance to be a positive influence on your community?
I would love to be a role model for the youth, show them to never give up on their dreams. When I was younger I kept going to conventions and always won a scholarship but never made it as an apprentice or counselor. I never gave up and this past year I made ADE prodigy