Student Spotlight! – Briana Edmundson

What companies/classes are you currently in?

I am currently a Senior Cat.


When did you start at Center Stage?

I started dancing at Center Stage when I was 3. 
Do you remember your first dance routine?

My first dance was the Jitterbug with Jan.


What was your Center Stage journey?

My Center Stage Journey began when I was 3 and I took a ballet/ tap class with Jan until I was 4. When I turned 7 I started taking jazz classes with Sue and I continued until I was 10. At age 11 I tried out for Jr. cats and I got into the JR. Jazz Cat company. 2 years after being in the JR. company I auditioned for Mickey’s CATS company and I became a CAT Apprentice at age 14. My junior year of high school I became a senior cat when I was 16 years old. It’s now my last year as a senior Cat and I will miss being in this company because I’ve learned so much not only with dance but in life. I will always cherish the friends I’ve made, my teachers, and other staff members. 


Why has it been worth all of the energy you’ve put in to it and the sacrifices you’ve made?

Dancing for all these years was worth it because it’s helped me grow so much as a person and a dancer. I’ve learned to stay on top of my school work with the long rehearsal hours we have. Dance has helped me handle criticism well and to try my best to fix my mistakes not only with dance but on a daily basis. 
Do you do other outside of school activities?

Outside from Center Stage I joined my school’s dance team and performed in front of basketball games, pep rallies, and other school performances. I’ve also spent time doing community service and many other school clubs.


What’s your favorite movie and why?

My favorite movie is Black Panther. 


Favorite Broadway show?

My favorite Broadway show is the Rockettes.  


First Broadway show?

My first Broadway show was the Rockettes.  


Favorite food?

My favorite food is fried Mac and cheese 


First celebrity crush?

My first celebrity crush was Justin Bieber 


TV Show you’re embarrassed to admit you used to watch?

The tv show I’m embarrassed to say I’ve watch was Gilmore Girls 


If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

If I was an animal I would be a dog, because they’re very energetic and loving 


When do you remember laughing the hardest?

The hardest I’ve ever laughed was with my fellow Center Stage friends Gyniah, Justin, Nia, and Chelsea. We laugh at almost anything together. 


If you could have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be?

If I could have dinner with any historical figure it would be Madam CJ Walker.


What’s next?

I will be attending the college of New Jersey for the next four years, and I will be majoring in business.


Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In the next ten years I see myself working as a fashion business manager for my own company.
Will you come back to visit Center Stage, or are you gone for good when you’re out the door? Whenever I get the chance I will come back to visit Center Stage after I graduate, because I will miss all my friends and dance teachers.