Charleston Dance Center congratulates the Class of 2023, including Payton Luckie! Payton has danced at the studio for 16 years and will be so missed next year!

Payton is pursing a career in firefighting and emergency response. She says the skills she learned in dance will help her in everything she does in the future.

Q: What is your favorite Just Dance! memory?

I have too many favorite Just Dance! memories since I have been there so long, but the most recent would probably be when I was about 10 years old. When we were in rehearsal I got hurt and Ms. Kim carried me downstairs and got me ice and she and Ms. Gaga showed me random old pictures and told me jokes to make me feel better.

Q: What is your most embarrassing dance memory?

Las year we were doing our hip hop dance and my pants ripped front to back on stage. I was in the front for the rest of the dance from that point so I had to hold them together the rest of the time.

Q: What is your advice to younger dancers?

Don’t be so hard on yourself, have more fun, and take every moment in because until you are experiencing all your lasts, you won’t truly realize how fast the time goes by.

Q: What do you want to say to the Charleston Dance Center community?

I am so thankful for everyone I’ve danced with, all my teachers, all the dance families and friends, all the opportunities I’ve gotten, and all the things I’ve learned. I would never have become the person and dancer I am now without everyone and everything I’ve gained from this studio. I will forever be grateful for every single moment. This studio and these people have been my second home since I was a baby and I really don’t know what I will do when it is over. I love everyone so much – and nobody worry, I’ll definitely be back!

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