Pannett awarded scholarship

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED — Taylor Pannett, center, received a $1,000 dance scholarship from Coast 2 Coast Dance Across America Inc., presented by Louie Perez, left, and Jimmy Lyles, right. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — Taylor Pannett, 18, the child of Tim and Amy Pannett of Weirton, was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Coast 2 Coast Dance Across America Inc.

Each year during National Dance Week, the Coast 2 Coast crew of Louie Perez, Jimmy Lyles and Ryan Dutcher set out on a weeklong celebration of dance, providing free dance workshops, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. This year marked their second visit to Michele Dance Studio in Weirton, where Taylor is a student.

After students participate in the master class, they have the opportunity to apply for scholarships set up to pay their tuition at their home dance studio. Taylor, Brooke High School senior, is a 15-year student at Michele Dance Studio, where the scholarship was presented by Perez and Lyles, who traveled from New York. The subject of her winning essay was “what dance means to me.”

Taylor has studied all phases of dance and performed in Disney World since age 9. She has won numerous dance awards, including an invitation to the World Dance Championship in August. She represented West Virginia at the Cinderella International Pageant in Dallas, where she was a top five finalist. She is also a member of the Brooke High Dance Team and the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference dance team.

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