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Madison Harris


Watch out Richmond Ballet because we have your next candidate for the professional company, Madison Harris. Madision, 13, is an avid dancer who has dreams of becoming a pro on the stage in Richmond.

She has practiced ballet since age four and has also dabbled in jazz and modern dance.

Madison has performed in the Richmond Ballet since 2003, at Pine Camp, and with SPARC. She has also been a member of Richmond Ballet's Minds in Motion Team for three consecutive years. The Minds in Motion Team takes dancers to New York City every year for their spring break to participate in dance intensives.

With the Richmond Ballet she performed four consecutive years in The Nutcracker and in the ballet's 2010 production of Romeo and Juliet.

At SPARC she played the part of Jasmine in their production of Aladdin. She also previously performed in Theatre IV's production of The Wizard of Oz.

Madison is not just a dancer, but also a singer and pianist. In addition to ballet, jazz, and Team XXL, Madison has taken Suzuki piano lessons since age 3 and will have a recital in order to demonstrate her mastery of several musical pieces learned to this point. She is currently a member of St. Catherine's School choir, and served in Richmond's Children Choir for one year.

“I like feeling good about my work and doing well. I think it will pay off in the long run.”

Her hard work has already paid off. Madison recently received straight A's on her report card and is an honor roll student.  At school, her favorite class is Bible. “It's fun because our teacher is fun and it's fun to learn about God, Jesus, and other people in the Bible,” Madison explained.

When she is not on stage or studying diligently, Madison also makes time to assist her mother with feeding the homeless in the community.

Through her hard work and determination it is clear that this motivated 13 year old is out to make a difference on the stage and off. 

Super Hero Name: Motivated Madison
Super Powers: “If I thought about things they would instantly happen. I would be super fast…I could feed the homeless so fast that I could go to every country.”

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