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Shasa Cohran Accepted at Alvin Ailey School

  A 13 year old dancer from Jackson is making moves on the national stage. Shasa Cohran has already been featured on Showtime at the Apollo, and this Summer she'll return to New York City to attend Alvin Ailey's  prestigious school.
 You know the old saying, 'If you can make it there...' Shasa Cohran dreams of seeing her name up in lights in the Big Apple, and she is putting in the hard work make it happen. 

   Shasa says, "Dancing is my passion. I do it every day."

  She discovered her love of dancing when she was only 3. Since then, she's grown into one of the most graceful girls you'll see anywhere.

  Shasa is a regular at Lindsay-Claire Dance Company in Byram.

  Lindsay-Claire Hutchins is the owner and Artistic Director. She says, "She does everything we offer: ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, tumble, contemporary, so all of it."

  Jazz is her favorite, but she'll be studying  Ballet and Modern dance in Alvin Ailey's Summer Intensive program.

 She had to audition for her spot over in Baton Rouge. She remembers the day she got the good news. 

  Shasa says, "We got an e-mail, and I was so excited. Especially my mom. We were running around the house. It was really good."

   Mom, Jessica concurs, "We were very excited because she has been working very hard on this and this is what she wants to do."

  Shasa's skill is easy to spot, but her work ethic is equally important.

   Ballet instructor Rebecca Spencer says," So,it's not just the talent, it's the willingness to work hard day in, day out, that really sets her apart."  

  That combination has Shasa poised to leap into a very bright future.

   Shasa offers this advice to the next generation of dancers, "Dreaming is a big part of life, so always follow your dreams kids."

  You never know, those dreams could take you all the way to New York City. 

 Shasa's mom will be accompanying her to New York. She is only 13, after all The Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive runs from June 25 until July 28. You can follow her progress at www.instagram.com/shasacohran/
  Shasa also landed the role of Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. That's Lindsay Claire Dance Company's year end recital.    


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