Samantha Spence – Orange County Register

After her sophomore year, dancer Samantha Spence of Kansas City, Mo., decided she needed a challenge. She had discovered the Westside Dance Project in Laguna Hills and was determined to find a way to study with the group. She did all her own research, including reaching out to the the director of admissions at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano so she would have a plan for schooling while in California. Meanwhile, her mother had no clue that Spence was taking her dreams into her own hands when she received a call informing her that her daughter had been accepted to the school.

Spence ended up moving to California to spend her junior and senior years at JSerra, where she lived with a family that also had students attending the school, and joined the company at the Westside Dance Project.

With college looming, Spence has taken her career into her own hands again. She applied and was accepted to a two-week summer intensive in Israel with the Batsheva Dance Company. She starts school at New York University in the fall.

Name: Samantha Spence

School: JSerra Catholic High School, starting New York University in the fall

Grade: recent graduate

Hometown: San Clemente during the school year; currently in Kansas City, Mo.

Q: Tell us about how and why you came to Orange County.

A: The summer going into my junior year I decided to audition for Westside Dance Project, a dance company in California, because I felt like I needed a challenge. I had made up my mind that if I was going to pursue a career in dance then I was going to need…

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