From Press Reports
Holly McCain, a 15-year-old student ballroom dancer at the Mississippi State University Ballroom Dance Club, has received the gold scholarship package from the Tupelo Dance Studio.
Holly is the daughter of Allen and Wilma Hoggle of the Clarkson community, and granddaughter of Willie McCain and the late Earline McCain. She is a rising tenth-grader at East Webster High School, where she is an A/B student.
She also won a scholarship from the Tupelo Ballroom Dancing Club in April to the ‘’Dancing with the King” competition in Tupelo. Holly ended up winning all but one of the many contests she entered. She placed second in the East Coast Swing, and third in the waltz, foxtrot and the West Coast Swing.
Holly thanks Jill Palmer, Charlise Latour, Rubydell Hardin, Destry Heylin, Matt Embler for being her dance partner, the Paul Bland Scholarship, Roy Turner of the Elaine Dundy and Roy Turner Endowment for the Arts, Vonda Staten of Philip Day-Brite and all the others at TBDC for the scholarship, their kindness, support and love.
TBDC is a family-oriented dance club that offers ballroom dance lessons of many types. From the beautiful waltz to the fun two-step, it is for people of all ages.
TBDC also offers scholarships to youth, and is always looking for ways to come up with new dances and ways to get youth involved. Dancing is a fun and rewarding way to get the exercise you need. It strengthens all your muscles, promotes good posture, helps with losing weight, getting rid of stress and keeping your mind young.
In the last year Holly has received many awards for her various talents. She was invited to be a participant on April 12 at the University of Alabama ballroom dance competition in Tuscaloosa, where she placed in the semifinals for her performance in the waltz and the rumba.
Holly was the youngest competitor, and was competing against instructors and other students that were much older and more advanced than her.
Holly was told by her instructors that they were proud of her, that she held her ground in the competition and did a great job.
Another one of Holly’s accomplishments was for superior performance last year at Itawamba Community College in Fulton for her solo piece on the clarinet, where she placed in the top eight out of 29 and won a medal. In April she placed a 2 rating at ICC for her performance on the clarinet.
Love for Dancing
Holly has been taking ballroom dance lessons for just over a year at MSU. Her love for dancing came after watching “Dancing with the Stars.”
Holly plans on pursuing a career in dancing, and her hope one day is to meet choreographer Derek Hough from “Dancing with the Stars,” dance with him, and eventually compete against him and win.
Holly is also taking electric guitar lessons and keyboard lessons, and is writing songs under the instructorship of Don Pounds of Eupora.
Pounds says that Holly is a good songwriter and he sees her songs being published in the near future. Pounds also said that Holly is doing a great job on the electric guitar.