- Associated Press - Monday, March 17, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Danica Rosen, an eighth-grade dancer at Williston Middle School, recently opened 3-D Studio, wanting to choreograph her own routines to enter statewide and national competitions while planning to instruct regional competitors in the future.

At 14, Danica has already earned success as a dancer, having recently won first place awards at the Fargo Triple S Dance Competition. She has received invitations to national dance competitions for the last three years.

Danica scored first place in a lyrical and jazz dance with routines named “Titanium” and “SuperModel.” She also took third place in the open category, which had acrobatics and dance mix to “Lights, Camera, Action.”

Wendy Rosen, her mother, enrolled the girl into dance and gymnastics at the age of 3. As a former dancer and gymnast, Wendy wanted her daughter involved in activities that stimulated the mind.

“I was amazed because she excelled quickly,” Wendy told the Williston Herald (http://bit.ly/1itICQh).

Danica chose to strictly focus on dance at age 7, engaging in jazz, lyrical and ballet.

She has competed in regional, state and national competitions ever since.

“I just started winning,” Danica said. “I just blossomed as a dancer.”

In 2013, she was chosen to participate in the prestigious Hollywood Summer Tour and represented the state in front of talent judges and trained with choreographers and took nutrition, business and acting class.

During her time in California, Rosen viewed a live taping of the new Ultimate Dance Challenge and met Abby Lee Miller and 19 other female dancers from the U.S. and Canada.

Danica was first intimidated by the other dancers but grew to be friends with them.

The girls shared their knowledge of jazz and hip hop while learning fast-paced choreography that helped with their memory and creativity.

“The trip inspired her,” Wendy said.

Upon her return to Williston, Danica transformed her house basement into a dance studio, aligning the walls with mirrors to better assess her self-choreographed routines. She had attended numerous dance studios in the region and praised the instruction but felt it was time to create her own moves.

“I know what I can do good,” Danica said.

Meanwhile, Danica had re-entered gymnastics and won numerous pageants. She is currently the Miss Teen Spotlight and has held titles including Pre-teen Miss Williston, Pre-teen Miss Williams County and Jr. Miss Williston. She was also named third place in the 2013 Jr. Miss North Dakota pageant.

Starting 3-D Studio, LLC was a challenge, and Wendy helped organize the new company. But the hard work paid off.

“I hope it grows and becomes more successful,” Danica said.

With support from her parents, friends and the community, the young girl has dreams of pursuing her dance career.

“My mom and dad say I have the drive to keep going and not give up,” Danica said. “Imagine what I can be someday.”

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Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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