While his ladylove Dunn looked leggy and sophisticated in a black corset style short dress, Ballas opted to wear a grey hooded sweater with the word 'Vibe' on the front and some black baggy tracksuit pants.
Age 16: Returns to the US after training with world-class dance instructors.
Plus she’d have to leave all her friends at Studio One.
Ultimately, she decides to go for it, partly because she really wants to see Europe.
Age 14: Gets the chance to leave Studio One and work with world renowned choreographer Shirley Ballas, but wrestles with the decision.
This would mean a return to ballroom dancing (when she was enjoying jazz so much).
Through sheer persistence, she got past her initial awkwardness, and achieved enough competency (and interest) to start competing in child dance competitions.
In most competitions she was cut or disqualified in the first round.
One day, something “clicked” and she started winning almost every competition she entered.
Age 11-12: Wins her first national dancing title, gains a bunch of self-confidence, starts experimenting with jazz, ballet, and hip-hop dancing, and joins Studio One‘s junior dance company in Utah.