Story McKinnon is a 10-year-old dancer from Big Spring, Texas. She dances at The Dance Gallery.

 “I keep busy with dance so I can continue to grow, learn, and express myself in a positive way.”

How does dance have a positive impact on your life?

It helps me channel my creativity and keeps me busy! I don’t spend all my time on social media getting bad influences. I keep busy with dance, so I can continue to grow, learn and express myself in a positive way. I have countless memories and have made so many friends. It’s a huge part of my life and such a happy part, too.

How do you want to use dance to be a positive influence on your community?

I want to make kids smile by showing them dances or letting them join in with me in dance! I hope they can be inspired like I was and am. I think our dance group dancing at little events around town is how we give a positive influence and by kids seeing the dance kids being positive and not in trouble all the time.