The day after winning first place and People’s Choice for Stars of Tomorrow talent showcase, 18-year-old Suzie Elias auditioned for the Julliard School in San Francisco.
The Whittell High School senior beat out 21 contestants Saturday night with a contemporary dance piece to “Heart Cry” by Drehz.
“I’ve been dancing since I was 2-years-old,” Elias said. “I’ve never done anything else, and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. It’s my life.”
As for the Julliard audition, Elias was eliminated after the ballet segment.
“The audition was nothing like I’ve experienced before. There was a high level of talent there, and I’m lucky to have had the experience,” she said. “I’m not upset. It’s part of being a dancer.”
Elias plans to use her $1,500 scholarship money from Stars of Tomorrow to attend nursing school.
“It’s a jump start for my future, and a learning experience to be a professional dancer,” she said. “I was so excited to have won. Everyone was seriously amazing.”
Show director Ann Delahay said the judges made good choices with the winners.
“We had a very good bunch of contestants, and a larger turnout than in past years,” she said. “A lot of the contestants were young, so they can come back next year and fine tune their talents.”
First runner up, and a $750 scholarship went to Dusty Winter with poi spinning.
“I didn’t know what it was until he auditioned,” Delahay said.
“It was amazing, very technical. The people watching might not have realized how difficult it was.”
Second runner up and $250 went to Ali Cronin for her piano and vocal solo. Loren Bales took third place and $250 with his tap dance.
Next year’s Stars of Tomorrow talent showcase is Feb. 6, 2015.