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School: Glacier Valley Elementary School.
Art: ballroom dancing.
Favorites: "My favorite dance is the cha-cha. It has complex moves and is a challenge. cha-cha and waltz are the new dances we're doing this year. Merengue was my favorite last year."
Reason: "I like dancing with everyone. It's fun. It's comfortable to dance at school because everyone is doing the same thing. I practice at home and sometimes at recess. I've been dancing about one year."
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Future plans: "It will be easy to keep dancing because it's fun. I also want to be a pilot.
Other art: "My favorite artist is Pablo Picasso. I did a report on him. He made up cubism. My favorite composer is Fredric Chopin. As a little boy he sat under the piano and listened to his sister play."
Activities: "I play basketball, a little baseball and a little football. I am first chair in G.V. Morning Musicians, but I'll have two weeks off because I chipped a bone in my pinky finger. I'm a pretty good basketball player, and mom taught me to cook pasta!"
His physical education teacher, Susie Denton, says: "Alex Soboleff is not just a wonderful dancer, he is a gentleman. Alex has no fear of trying something new, such as ballroom dancing. He is a willing learner. He practices until he masters a dance. Before you know it, he's teaching others. The most positive characteristic about Alex when he dances is that he has fun dancing, and that makes others want to join."
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 have your student art included, contact your school office.