Flying Solo

Kennedy Hughes  |  Age 9  |  St. Wenceslaus 
 
At the age of 2, Kennedy Hughes heard her calling at the dance studio and hasn’t missed a beat since. Hughes had a busy 
schedule at a young age, involved in both cheer and competitive dance.  Two years ago, with the encouragement of 
Stephanie Pearson, owner of Nebraska Dance, Hughes went to dancing full time and left cheer behind. Hughes loves and 
participates in all disciplines of dance:  ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, acro (a style of dance that combines 
classical dance technique with precision acrobatic element), and lyrical.  Her favorite style of dance is lyrical, which fuses 
ballet with contemporary dance techniques.  She started competing as a lyrical soloist in 2012, where her solos have 
earned her high point awards, top overall rankings and numerous awards.  
Last April, at the Showstopper’s Regional Dance Competition, Hughes won a Crystal award for highest overall score and 
won the overall title for her age division.  She also took first place overall at the Regional BravO! Dance and Talent 
Competition and was awarded the regional title for Miss Petite Bravo.  This title awards both high scores and 
showmanship.  This past June, Hughes traveled with her team at Nebraska Dance to Daytona Beach, FL to compete in her
first national competition.  She was awarded a double platinum score (highest possible rank) and won in the lyrical 
competition.
This January, Hughes will have the opportunity to go with a ballet trio from Nebraska Dance to the YAGP (Youth 
American Grand Prix) in Dallas, the world’s largest ballet competition.  She looks forward to the opportunity to add to 
her collection of accolades for her impressive talent in competitive dance.
Kennedy is the daughter of Erik and Diane Hughes.  She has three brothers:  Kylon ­ 21 (currently stationed in Ft Drum, 
NY with the US Army), Dillon ­ 13 and Devon ­ 12.  Her dogs Lulu (a Yorkie) and Zeus (miniature Australian Shepherd) 
are the most frequent spectators of her improv dances at home.

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