Carter dances her way to TDEA


While striking a pose, senior Captain Paige Carter holds up a present, one of the props her squad used during their hip-hop routine at the Winter Showcase on Dec. 4. “The dance was something different than what we usually do,” Carter said. Photo by Jacie Knapp

Meital Abraham, Reporter

Senior Celebrities Captain Paige Carter has a lot going on in her life. She will be trying out for the Texas Strutters dance team at Texas State next year and recently made the all-state dance team for high school students across Texas and  was invited in January to go to Texas Dance Educators’ Association in Houston.

“TDEA is an awesome, big dance convention with officers from all over Texas participating,” Carter said. “It was so much fun, we all had a blast together.”

Carter is auditioning for the Strutters soon, and is ready for all-state.

“I’m really excited because it’s an amazing thing to have on your resume,” Carter said.

Carter’s interest was sparked when she attended a Celebrity spring show years ago. That was when she made the decision to become a dancer.

“I like too many things about dance,” Carter said. “But I’d say my favorite is how you can just let go when you’re dancing.”

Carter’s co-officer junior Sierra Taylor is one of the people who truly recognize Carter’s persistence.

“Paige started working hard on her own and attended some dance intensives to build her dance strength,” Taylor said. “Paige’s cousin is the captain at Vandegrift High School and has helped Paige along her dance journey.”

Carter’s hard work paid off when she was dubbed co-captain of Cedar Park Middle School’s Crimson Cadets. From there, Carter has worked at home and taught herself new dance tricks from various YouTube videos.

Carter’s future career is full of dance possibilities.

“This summer I really want to get a job working in an officer camp where you learn how to teach and choreograph dance,” Carter said. “I want to become either a dance teacher or a choreographer.”

Carter has been dancing her entire life, but only began actual training in middle school. Carter participated in dance classes at CPHS her freshman year, was a lieutenant her junior year and captain her senior year.

Despite how busy dance life keeps her, Carter still manages to have fun in other ways.

“I like to hang out with my friends, dance, and wakeboard,” Carter said. “While I was in middle school I competed in TSR wakeboarding.”