Star News: Leland Teen Has Won National Dance Titles

Originally published on Star News – November 19, 2017

Madison Tony has won Miss Distinguished Dancer in Las Vegas and Miss Teen National Title in Hilton Head.

Local dancer Madison Tony has won dance competitions and titles all across the U.S. and Canada. They include the national title of Miss Distinguished Dancer at the Adrenaline Dance Competition in Las Vegas — one of two competitions that make up National Dance Honors — as well as Miss Teen National Title for OnStage in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

And she’s only 15 years old.

Madison has been dancing since she was 3 years old and trains 35 hours a week. Her passion for dance and her traveling spirit have rewarded her with many honors and distinctions.

“Recently this year I went out to Las Vegas for a week and a half to do a big nationals. From right now until midsummer next year I’ll be assisting their competition doing their classes and showcasing a solo at the end,” she said.

Madison is a sophomore in high school, or would be if she was enrolled in a traditional school setting. Her dance routines and travel schedule make getting a cookie-cutter education in public school almost impossible. To remedy this, Tony’s mother enrolled her in the North Carolina Virtual Academy.

“I am able to do more things with dance that I I would not be able to do if i was in class from 7:30 to 4 every day. I’m able to take my virtual schooling with me to competitions on the weekends If I am out of town,” Madison said.

North Carolina Virtual Academy is not a home-school program. Rather it is an online K-12 charter school program available to students anywhere with an internet connection, at all hours of the day. NCVA delivers a convenient personalized education to its students. Madison says she owes a lot of her success to this unusual schooling.

There is a social side of school that is important to parents and children. But Madison has no trouble with this.

“I’m more focused on the dance aspect and school but I also still make time for friends here (at the studio) or other friends that don’t have any association with my dancing,” she said. “It’s easy for me to balance all three of those.”

Madison’s favorite subject is science. She hopes to attend the University of California for dance or The Juilliard School in New York City.

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