Students Aim for Professional Dance Careers
Two local high school students – already highly acclaimed — are pointing toward careers in dance as they ready for graduation and moving on to college.
Both Morgan Hurst of Westview High School and Savannah Hooks of Mt. Carmel High School have performed at high levels for 4S Ranch-based Danceology Performance Company. And, though they have varied interests and long-term goals, both expect to dance professionally.
“An integral part of Danceology Performance Company, Morgan and Savannah
are excellent examples that through passion and perserverance there are no
boundaries to what you can accomplish.” – Nicole Lucia, Owner of Danceology
Hurst, daughter of Sandy and John Hurst, received several national competitive dance honors this year and is accepted at several university dance programs. Hooks, daughter of Morgan and Marc Hooks, has danced for several years – winning a variety of honors – and plans to attend University of Nevada Las Vegas next fall.
Morgan Hurst Plans Career in Dance, Choreography
Though already accepted by the dance programs at several universities, Morgan Hurst of Rancho Penasquitos – and a senior at Westview High School – has yet to decide where she will attend school next fall. But she is more than certain about the career she will pursue: Dancing professionally.
Hurst, 18, the daughter of Sandy and John Hurst, has spent more than five years in studio (winning a number of awards and honors) after dabbling in jazz, tap and ballet at Hilltop Park for several seasons. She has lived in Rancho Penasquitos for 18 years with her parents and sister Savanna.
Just this year, she was named:
- West Coast Dance Elite First Overall Soloist in Kansas City.
- West Coast Dance Explosion First Place Soloist in San Diego.
- USA Dance/Drill Nationals Solo Champion in Anaheim.
- Friends of Arts Education at the Cerritos Center Scholarship Winner.
Although she is also interested in both literature and art, she hopes to dance professionally and become a choreographer. Already accepted by dance programs at the University of Arizona, Cal State Long Beach, and State University of New York-Purchase, she is awaiting word from a few other universities before making a final decision on where she will enroll next fall.
In addition to being captain of her high school dance troupe (directed by Shannon Parker), Hurst is involved in the Unity Two Dance Ensemble (led by Tara Hall and Tessandra Chavez) and coached a middle school dance team. She also trains and competes with 4S Ranch-based Danceology Performance Company, under the direction of Nicole Lucia.
Savannah Hooks Hopes to Dance, Teach Math
Although only 18, Savannah Hooks of Sabre Springs – and a senior at Mt. Carmel High School – has 16 years of dance experience and several honors to her credit. She not only plans to dance professionally, she also eventually hopes to teach mathematics.
Hooks is the daughter of Morgan and Marc Hooks, plans to attend University of Nevada Las Vegas next fall. Though she plans a career in dance and choreography, she also anticipates securing her teaching credential and eventually becoming a high school geometry instructor.
Not only acclaimed for her dance skills, Hooks also is a member of the National Honor Society and enjoys ceramics, water skiing and collecting key chains.
Hooks is a member of the 4S Ranch-based Danceology Performance Company, where she was 2007-08 “Dancer of the Year”. In addition, she:
- Participated in the Mt. Carmel High School Dance Troupe for four years, including two years as captain.
- Competed at the United Spirit Association Dance Nationals four times with the troupe, reaching the finals this year.
- Placed second at the United Spirit Association Dance Nationals Solo Competition.
- Belonged to the Unity Dance Ensemble for two years.
She has lived in Sabre Springs for 14 years with her parents, brother Ian, and sister Autumn.