Lilliana Mercedes is an 11-year-old dancer from Daleville, Virginia. She dances at Floyd Ward School of Dance.

“I want to inspire people to do what might be impossible.”

How does dance have a positive impact on your life?

Dancing helps me express my emotions and tell my story. I feel like I’m free when I dance, and that nobody can stop me. Along with that, my friends and teachers help me feel unstoppable and help me achieve my dreams. Without all of their support and love, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

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

“I want to inspire people to do what might be impossible. My disease tried to hold me back from dancing, and many people believed I would never be able to do it. With support from my family, friends, and teachers, I was able to dance. I want them to be able to tell a story through something they love.

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Veronica Good has been with Showstopper Magazine since 2016. When she isn't keeping you updated on the latest trends, she is at home with her many pets or probably playing The Sims 4. Veronica has a BA in English and an MA in writing from Coastal Carolina University. She is also a writer of fiction and poetry, and her work can be found in Archarios, Tempo, and Scapegoat.