LAKE CITY, S.C. – The Carolina Academy senior Brooklyn Cox has been dancing since she was 4. Her consistency recently paid off, as she was named the high school division’s overall winner at the 2018-19 South Carolina Independent School Association Dance Competition.
The competition was held on Feb. 21 at the University of South Carolina – Sumter. Cox’s solo tap performance was titled “Choo Choo Ch’Boogie” and was choreographed by Alexis McDonald at Kelley’s Fine Arts. Cox is a student at the dance company.
Cox said she was excited and “pretty shocked” to learn she was the overall winner in the high school division. She also won first place for her tap solo.
“I didn’t really expect to win overall, but I mean, of course I would be a little nervous,” Cox said. “But I’ve been doing it so long that it’s kind of just fun for me now. “
Carolina Academy Headmaster Stevie Phillips said Cox’s win last month and her character are an excellent example of the kind of talent at the school. He said just from observing, he knows that Cox loves dancing. Phillips said he always hears good reports about her dance accomplishments.
“For her to win that, that’s a pretty big honor when you talk about all the independent schools in the state to be the top overall person,” Phillips said. “We’re real proud of her.”
Cox said she practices dance several days each week with Kelley’s Fine Arts. The dance company participates in four competitions throughout the year, she said.
The competition was open to students in elementary, middle and high school. Genres included ballet/pointe, jazz, hip-hop, tap, contemporary and acrobatics.