Trona Bates is a 14-year-old dancer from Cheyenne, Wyoming. She dances at Act Two Studios.

“Dance has taught me to present myself to the world in a positive light in just about any situation.”

How does dance have a positive impact on your life?

“When I step on stage, I feel as though nothing else matters. It’s only my hard work and dedication that I think about in that moment of time. It’s a peaceful feeling, believe it or not. I also know that I can listen to music and dance away any negative feelings I may have. Dance has not only taught me how to perform in front of people but also how to be outgoing and outspoken. Dance has taught me to present myself to the world in a positive light in just about any situation.

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

“Being from the least populated state in a small town,  I may not always have the many outside opportunities for learning or competing that other dancers may have. I would like to encourage the dancers in my community to not let this be an excuse. Instead, work hard and appreciate the opportunities that do arise. Being a dancer is difficult, but when you reach those personal goals it doesn’t  matter where you’re from–all that matters is where you’re going!

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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.