Name: Jade Ny’Ree Cooper
Nicknames: Bear, Little Magic, Miss Portland, Vacay
School: Truman Middle School
I’m inspired by: My brother, Te’Cori because he has shown me that hard work pays off.
I’m driven to become: A triple threat: I want to sing, dance and act.
My experience with the Dash Center has taught me that: It takes hard work and dedication to get good at anything you want to do.
In ten years I see myself: In college.
School: Wilson High School
I’m inspired by: Movies
I’m driven to become: A professional dancer, choreographer.
My experience with the DASH Center has taught me that: I can be myself around anyone, and that I can always follow my dreams.
In ten years I see myself: At Julliard School of the Arts in New York.
Name: Crystal Smith
Ballet instructor, DASH parent
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
I’m inspired by: George Balanchine, who said, “See the music, hear the dance.”
My DASH is: Seeing my dancers take their performance above and beyond what I envisioned for them.
Name: Matherine Green
Hometown: Vallejo, CA/ Tacoma, WA
I’m inspired by: I am inspired by people better both themselves and their community. I love seeing the younger generation go out and make their mark in this world by making sure their voice is heard.
My DASH is: What DASH means to me can take all day, but to sum it up in one word: community. DASH is a community of people who has the love for music and unity. At the end of the day, we are family. No matter what race, color, gender, age, etc. you are accepted and love for each other is shown unconditionally.
I have been part of the DASH family since my boys were part of Cinderella. I so enjoyed the time we all spent and the appreciation of Ms. Candi and the rest of the staff. They’ve supported my boys outside of DASH. I love that they came out to their basketball games to cheer them on. One of my favorite memories is when staff members Candi & Tiffani surprised the boys in Port Angeles during their basketball tournament. The boys’ faces were priceless. This shows just how committed to these kids they are and how they support them for who they are.