WSPA Recognizes Our Outstanding Students
Meet the Outstanding Students of 2012
Three WSPA students are recognized for their exemplary attitude, work ethic, commitment and dedication to their art.  

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Miko Fogarty, Bronze Medalist 

Miko Fogarty prepared 6 classical variations and two contemporary works under Viktor Kabaniaev throughout the year for Youth America Grand Prix.  Before earning a place in the Top 12 of the YAGP New York City Finals, Satoko (Miko's mother) announced that Miko will be participating in the Olympics of Dance - The Varna International Ballet Competition.  Miko Fogarty has just turned 15 and was going to be one of the youngest competitor in the competition.  Miko worked hard to be able to perform well in a competition she had no expectations for herself other than to be enriched and inspired by the incredible high level of competition in Varna.  Her attitude alone made her a winner.  It was not the placement she was after, but the experience of being able to compete in such a prestigious competition and hopefully get to watch the amazing talents it features.  Low and behold, she surprised herself with much excitement when she passed each two rounds and finally taking home  a distinction - the Bronze medal, after the Finals.  Congratulations, Miko Fogarty, you continue to be a true model for all WSPA students for your admirable work ethics, discipline, and passion for dance.

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Kira Fargas-Mabaquiao - 2012 Outstanding Senior Student

My name is Kira Fargas-Mabaquiao, I'm 15 years old and am an incoming junior at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. I started dancing at WSPA when I was 3 years old, and it has been my home ever since. With both my parents having been dancers, I've dreamt of living the life of a dancer ever since I can remember. Starting with sitting in a circle and learning how to pointe and flex my feet, to being Clara in WSPA's Nutcracker in 2006, to getting my first pair of pointe shoes, to traveling to Macau and Aberdeen for dance festivals, I have always found a sense of joy in dance. 

Throughout my years at WSPA, I've done many competitions and performances and I can honestly say that the girls I have danced with over the years are not only my friends but have become more like my sisters. As we continue to encourage and support each other, we grow together as dancers, as well as in our everyday lives. The teachers at WSPA who have helped strengthen my technique and develop my artistry have also been an enormous part of my maturing as a person, pushing me to excel in everything I do. I discovered a deeper passion for dance when I attended the summer intensive at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. I was privileged to learn from teachers and choreographers such as Summer Lee Rhatigan, Alex Ketley, and Malinda LaVelle, who inspired me take my dancing to another level, encouraging me to delve into the more personal side of the art form, and I have truly fallen in love with it.

After I graduate high school, I plan to attend college to study dance and psychology. I also hope to start dancing in project based contemporary works, and eventually achieve my dream of dancing in a professional company. I see myself being involved in the dance world for the rest of my life, and I am happy to say that it all started at WSPA.

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Jasmine Cruz - 2012 Outstanding Junior Student

My name is Jasmine Cruz and I am ten years old. This fall, I will be attending 5th grade at  Commodore Sloat Elementary School in SF.  I have known that dance is my passion ever since I walked into Studio C and joined the circle of students in Ms. Joanna and Ms. Emma's class. I had to remember that I broke my leg three months before recital and could not practice for 2 months. However, I begged my parents to let me dance the year end performance and I did it!  I was only 3 ˝ years old then! That was when I began my dance training at WSPA.  At age 5, I was accepted into the performance program and since then, I have had the privilege of performing for community service and in productions like The Nutcracker. Last year was especially memorable because I got to portray the role of Clara. That was a dream come true! I have also had the honor of representing WSPA in numerous ballet competitions these past three years. Competitions are always positive, learning experience for me no matter what the results turn out to be. Just being on stage and performing has always been the most fun for me!
Dance is my life. My passion and love is what drives me to dance. The support that I   constantly receive from my family and teachers inspires me to do my best and improve.  Dance has taught me to work hard, manage my time well, and to always have a good work ethic. My dream is to become a professional dancer in the future but I also want to be a nurse so that I can take care of my parents when they grow old.

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