Student Artist in the Spotlight: Alea Uddipa

Posted: Friday, January 13, 2006

Age: 12

Grade: 7

School: Floyd Dryden Middle School

Art of choice: Alea is a dancer.

How long: She did some folk dancing in first grade. She's been practicing hip-hop since third grade.

Why: "Dance helps me cut loose. It expresses feelings in movements instead of words. It's fun. Performing is the best part."

All in the family: She makes up dance routines all the time with her cousins.

Favorite artists: Alea likes Celine Dion because of her great singing voice and her inspiring messages in her songs. She also likes Bow Wow and OMarion.

Activities: She plays softball.

Near future plans: She would like to keep dancing in high school, on the drill team. She will keep doing Filipino dancing.

When she grows up: She wants to perform in a big concert. She would like to sing and maybe be in the fashion industry.

You should know: Alea can "sort of" speak Tagalog.

Her dance coach, Jamie Miller, says: "Alea is an excellent representative of our dance team spirit. She attends every practice on time. She executes all moves on count and adds her own stylistic rhythm. She is a fast learner and always willing to help others."

• Student Artist in the Spotlight is a weekly feature on the Neighbors page and is in collaboration with the Juneau School District Elementary Art Program. To be featured as a student artist, contact your school office.

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