Miss America 2013 || Talent

1.07.2013

Talent. Everyone loves talent. It is more than seeing a girl walk around with her hot bod in a swimsuit and it is more than a beautiful evening gown. It is the one opportunity for a girl to share with the audience and the judges a piece of herself through something she loves to do. Not only showing what she loves, but showing how hard she can work for something. Talent is not a walk in the park. You can't just do well and expect to win. You have to work hard. You have to practice every day. You have to sell your talent to the audience. And most of all, you have to be proud of your 1 minute 30 second piece. Because when you are proud, it shows!

My talent is tap dancing. And let me tell you, my tap dancing skills have some a long way in the last few years. I love to tap, I love the preciseness of it, I love that you can tap to any style or genre of music and it is still tap. My first few years I did a big band number and an MJ number.

My 2010 talent piece.
"Boogie Bumper" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. 

 My 2011 talent piece.
"Black or White" by Michael Jackson.

In 2012 I decided to step back and go more traditional. Royal blue, costume dancing to "I've Got Rhythm", and a few tricks up my sleeves.


I love dancing, and my favorite style is tap. I love playing up the audience. I love the trick moves. I love the to style the dance after the famous tap dancers that paved the way. Tap dancing has been a huge part of my life. I am grateful to Kim and Willa Dean Nielsen for pushing tap in the Stargazer Company. When so many companies were turning to the trendy dance styles, they stuck to what they knew. And because of that I have a passion. Dance isn't a hobby, it is a way of life. And that is how a lot of women competing feel about their talent. It is important to them and it has helped them discover more of themselves.

Love,
Deidre

Jesslyn Amber said...

This is awesome! You look so beautiful! I wish I had a talent like that. You should totally post a video. ;)

Lily said...

How cool! Tapping looks like so much fun :)
Are you doing any 2013 pageants?

~Mom Wife Boss Life~ said...

You look amazing! I love tap and its such a unique talent!

xx kelly

Kelsey Eaton said...

That's so neat! I knew you were a dancer but didn't know you were so passionate about tap. So awesome. I had a roommate in college who did tap. Our neighbors beneath us HATED us, haha!

Kelsey Eaton said...

That's so neat! I knew you were a dancer but didn't know you were so passionate about tap. So awesome. I had a roommate in college who did tap. Our neighbors beneath us HATED us, haha!

SarahJane Miller said...

You are so impressive! I havent ever tried tap but I am certain it is super hard!

Ashley said...

When was the last time you competed in Miss America? I actually had a lot to say about the talent portion last year...I was VERY disappointed...mainly because a lot of girls strapped on pointe shoes when they shouldn't have. We should talk Miss America!!

Benlovesting said...

Beautiful photo! :)

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andrewhudson said...

Nice and stunning dancing pics. your shorts are too good. I have many comfortable Augusta shorts. Best of luck for your next performance.

Talisha Reupena said...

Can you dig out some visuals and show us your skills? That so awesome, I'm always so intrigued when I watch tap dancing!! So cool!!

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