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This Girl of the Moment Winner loves to dance Ballet Eliseanne is 10 years old and loves to dance ballet. In fact, she loves it so much that she created the username @dance. She started dancing when she was five because she just couldn’t sit still so her grandparents bought her lessons for her birthday. “When we moved I didn't think I had anywhere to dance expect my living room because we didn't have the money,” she said. “But I started to dance in the gym at my local YMCA and they saw me and are now giving me lessons.” Eliseanne said her first lessons were intimidating because the room was very big, but she has since fallen in love with the activity. “My favorite style of dance is ballet,” she said. “I love all the pirouettes and it's just so graceful.” Her favorite part about dancing is how flexible she has become. As you can see in her photo, she’s clearly on her way to performing at the American Ballet Theatre. She said, “When I grow up I want to be a dance instructor and open my own studio.” Are you a dancer like Eliseanne? Think you've got what it takes to be the next Girl of the Moment Winner? Let us know in the comments below and don't forget to send us an entry HERE!
Shawn Mendes just hit a major milestone in his career. His most recent album, titled "Shawn Mendes", is his third to reach Number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart.
This Girl of the Moment Left an Inspiring Note for her Teacher Meet @kyra.miller37! She’s had her favorite teacher, Ms. Spencer, for the past three years. “Through ups and downs she is the only teacher that allows me to be weird and be myself in her classroom,” she said. “She allows me to feel comfortable wearing a cool T-shirt and I know her classroom is very open minded and judgement free.” Kyra said that she noticed her teacher was feeling down so she got up the courage to ask her how’s she’s feeling. Her teacher told her that her dad was in the hospital and wasn’t doing so well so Kyra decided to try and make her feel better. “Outside her classroom is a small whiteboard,” Kyra said. I wrote my teacher a note that’s says how much I adore her.” Kyra said she decided to leave her a note because it was hard to see someone she cared about struggling. She also said that earlier in the year she struggled with bullying. “Ms. Spencer wrote me a letter that said how everything is going to be okay and so I wanted to return the favor,” Kyra said. Her teacher appreciated the note so much that she even published it in the “Unseen Heroes” section of her school’s yearbook. “I was shocked,” Kyra said. “…and I thought oh my goodness Ms.Spencer and I ran to her classroom and she said ‘thanks for being my little hero’ to this day I wouldn’t want any other teacher.” This isn’t the only time Kyra has left notes
While she may have fallen in love with dance, she said it hasn’t always been easy.
And they celebrated with a Kindness Prom! You probably love posting photos and stories on Instagram, right? Keeping your friends updated, posting cute selfies and showing love for your friends and family. Well, you’re about to love Instagram a whole lot more, but they’re just launched a new feature which is going to make the app a safe and inclusive space for all its users. Instagram is now enabling a “bullying filter”, which will remove comments intended to attack a person’s appearance, character and well-being. "This new filter hides comments containing attacks on a person's appearance or character, as well as threats to a person's well-being or health. The bullying filter is on for our global community and can be disabled in the Comment Controls center in the app. The new filter will also alert us to repeated problems so we can take action," Kevin Systrom, Co-Founder & CEO of Instagram said in a statement. "We are also expanding our policies to guard against bullying young public figures on our platform.” They also hosted a star-studded Kindness Prom on Saturday, May 5 which was meant to celebrate Instagram influencers and other teens who are inspiring and encouraging others – not just on Instagram, but across the world. https://www.instagram.com/p/BibO_xrARJs/ INSTAGRAM In attendance was 13-year-old author Lexi, created children’s books to inspire young people and build confidence. She also founded Curlanistas, which she hopes will motivate girls to embrace their natural hair. What do you think of Instagrams new feature? What is your favorite thing to do on Insta? Let us know in the comments below.
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"My favorite thing about reporting is meeting people from all walks of life who are always changing the way I think and see the world." Anna Jean is a journalist who has written stories for the New York Times, CNN and Buzzfeed to name a few. When she turned 22 she decided to move to Brazil where she now covers stories on everything from the countries development, politics and culture. Have you always wanted to be a writer? If so what lead you to studying to become a journalist? I didn’t always want to be a writer — I studied politics and saw myself going into international relations or diplomacy. But I wrote a lot for my major and always enjoyed it. While most of my classmates struggled to hit word limits I always found myself way over and having to cut back (which still happens!) When I came to Rio, I first was an intern at a NGO and writing for their bilingual news site. I reached out to the local English-language paper here in Rio and starting writing for them, which was my first introduction to journalism. From there I started working as an editorial assistant to the Latin American correspondent for the Guardian and started picking up bigger international clients — I fell in love with the profession so I kept with it! Anna Jean Kaiser What was your biggest takeaway from studying abroad (In Spain or at Sea)? Studying abroad really fueled my desire to pursue an internationally-focused career, learn other languages, and work in other countries. Both
Johnnie Mikel Talks About his Inspiration, Favorite Lyrics and Music Goals Johnnie Mikel is a 21-year-old pop sing from Kentucky who plays guitar, piano, ukulele, banjo and mandolin (but you'll learn more about that in his interview.) Johnnie also released a new single called "Come with Me" which you can listen to below. 1. Who has influenced you the most in your musical career? (Whether that be other artists or those you're close to.) I’m so blessed to have been influenced by so many incredible people! My family and friends are a major source of inspiration and love in my life. I’m very close to my family who instilled the confidence in me to follow my dreams and pursue my career. I also have several close friends both in and outside of the industry and I’m grateful for what all of them bring to my life. Having a support system between artists and creators who challenge and inspire each other is the best. As far as major artists influencing me, I love iconic pop hit-makers like Britney Spears. Visionaries and innovators like David Bowie will always inspire me to reinvent myself when it comes to music and style. TOTAL ASSAULT 2. What lyrics are you most proud of writing? I’ve written several hundred songs over the years and having to pick a single set of lyrics that means the most is difficult. But I do have a handful of songs I’m specifically proud of. Two in particular are a song of mine called “One” and another named “Fire Away,” both written in the last
"It doesn't get much cooler than singing in a tux, does it?" Luke's journey with music started when he began playing the piano at the age of six. It has since lead to his debut single "Taken" and an EP coming out sometime this year. How did your family impact your musical career? There's always been a strong love for music in my family. I was the youngest of four kids and all of my siblings were in choir, band and took piano lessons. When I was about 9 years old, my parents got us all a really fancy karaoke machine for Christmas. Once I finally got the guts to try it out, I was sold on becoming a singer. I've been extremely fortunate to have loads of support from everyone close to me. Music isn't always an easy path the pursue--and there's no shortage of random people willing to tell you it isn't worth trying when they hear you're going for it--so it's been a huge blessing to have family supporting and encouraging me along the way. ERIKA TOOKER How did you go from being a shy fifth grader to a professional musician? My love for singing outweighed my fear of people. I think I probably surprised a lot of people when I auditioned for a part in a musical in 5th grade because I was a such a quiet kid. But, that seemed to start a chain reaction of life and personality-defining events for me. Singing opportunities were limited where I grew up, but I jumped on anything available. When I