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McDougle Elementary School Student Dancer Wins National Award

In this year's annual PTA Reflections competition, two of the 10 North Carolina winners who advanced to National Awards came from CHCCS, CHHS junior, visual artist, Chloe Viviers, and fourth grade McDougle Elementary School student, Katarina Rosario-Soto. A lifelong dancer, Rosario-Soto won an Award of Excellence for her choreography. The national award recipients were chosen from nearly 900 submissions. 

The theme this year was "I Matter Because ..." and Rosario-Soto’s piece is titled, "My Life Matters," danced to Jason Nelson's "I Matter." 

"When I created the choreography for ‘My Life Matters’, I felt what the singer was trying to say and I gave it life with my dancing,’ Rosario-Soto said. “I thought of when people protest to have equal rights in their lives. I am proud to be Latina and I also want people to accept me the way I am.”

Rosario-Soto has been dancing since she was two years old. She trains at Renner Dance Studio, taking classes from tap to jazz to ballroom and contemporary ballet. In choreographing, she said, “The music tells me what to do. My practice with dance improv helps me understand the music, and the music tells me how to move.”

“Dancing helps me communicate with people,” she continued. “I hope my dance will inspire people to respect others. I also want my dance to make others understand that I have something to say, and they need to listen to those who want to share their feelings.”

Mirty Soto Rosario, Katarina’s mother, said, “As parents, we are proud that Katarina has found a way to express herself creatively and that she is able to share this gift with others.”