Dancer earns top honors in national competitions

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Jonathan Fahoury ended his summer on an ultimate high. The 13-year-old earned two national dance titles, a goal he worked toward for an entire year to accomplish.

Fahoury dances at Artistic Fusion Dance Academy in Westminster. In early July he traveled to New York City to compete at the New York City Dance Alliance competition. Before the competition he spent time taking classes from some of the top choreographers in the country, learning new skills and techniques. But the real fun came during the Junior Gala when Fahoury was named the National Junior Outstanding Dancer for 2013.

“Last year I got first runner up in New York, so it was a goal for me the whole year to come in first place,” he said. “So when I won it was a big shock. I was so shaky on stage, and it didn’t really hit me until a couple of weeks later.”

Fahoury then travelled to Las Vegas a week later to attend the 24 Seven Dance Convention. But this trip was a little different. During some classes before the competition, Fahoury started to feel a bit under the weather. Although he says his “body felt out of it,” he continued to work as hard as possible in class and later in the competition as he performed his solo.

As his illness got worse, Fahoury’s mom ended rushing him to Children’s Hospital for an emergency appendectomy. Later in the hospital, Fahoury found out he had won the title of Non-Stop Dancer.

“I was really proud of myself for winning because I had been doing my best and was having fun, but I just didn’t feel like myself,” he said.

Fahoury started dancing at age 8 and according to his teachers, Jennifer and Julie Jarnot both recognized his talent immediately. Julie said she hasn’t seen many kids with the same passion for dance that Fahoury’s possesses.

“Every time Jonathan’s dancing, whether it’s across the floor or doing a combination, he does it 100 percent,” Julie said. It’s almost like there is something inside him and he can’t contain it. He has our hearts.”

It’s the feeling he gets inside that keeps Fahoury committed to dance, spending at least 20 hours in the studio perfecting his art. He said at the end of the day, it’s that one feeling that reminds him of why that love and passion for dance only gets stronger.

“Not only do I want to be a professional dancer someday, I want to be a good example for other dancers,” he said. “I want to continue to get better and never be happy where I’m at.”