Name: Tori Ponkka
Age: 17
Dance Studio: Power Explosion Dance Studio, Maryland
Why Tori wants to be a voice for children fighting cancer:

We can all agree that cancer is devastating for everyone, especially children. My heart goes out to all of the families of children who suffer from any form of cancer, and I am constantly praying that one day there will finally be a cure. The one cure that does exist, however, is the power of hope. I believe that dance has the capability to express just that. Personally, I like to dance to create conversation-with either an audience of 500, an audience of one, or just myself. I know that through dance, you can give messages that can’t quite be put into words. Being an advocate for Dance Hope Cure would be such an honor to me. If I am able to bring the even the slightest bit of happiness and love to these kids, my heart would be complete. Thank you so much for your consideration!