Local student excels in dance competitions, classroom

By: Emily Jones | Madison - Park News | Published January 24, 2020

 Hazel Park High School junior Kayla Alkatib has enjoyed success as a competitive dancer across the country and in Europe, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in school and remaining busy with other activities.

Hazel Park High School junior Kayla Alkatib has enjoyed success as a competitive dancer across the country and in Europe, all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA in school and remaining busy with other activities.

Photo provided by Cindy Alkatib

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HAZEL PARK — Many high school students have schedules that are packed to the brim, and it may feel to many that there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. However, Hazel Park High School junior Kayla Alkatib seems to have danced around that problem.

Alkatib has maintained a 4.0 GPA while being involved with various activities and teams — but it’s dance that has her going places.

“She’s danced since she (was born),” said Cindy Alkatib, Kayla’s mother.

Kayla’s older sister and her sister’s friends were all on dance teams, so Kayla grew up around dancing. Finally, she wanted to try it for herself.

She started out by taking dance classes at a local recreation center and moved on after picking up the techniques. The girl was looking for a challenge.

The young dancer’s talent and passion have led her to success at competitions around the country, and the globe, including in Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Rome and London. This November, she will be performing at the Spirit Spectacular event at Disney World.  

Some of the things she loves about performing are showing people that she’s improved her techniques and just having fun with her teammates.

“I like showing people around the world what I have, my ability to dance,” Kayla said.

She dances to a wide variety of music.

“With the team, they do jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and pom (cheerleading-type dance). But when she does solos, the solos that she does is always jazz or hip-hop,” said Cindy.

At Hazel Park High, Kayla is a co-captain of the Vikettes — the school dance team.

“She’s super bubbly and nice and fun … very determined and driven. She’s a really, really good role model,” said Sharon Strong, the dance director for Hazel Park Schools. Strong also emphasized Kayla’s drive and dedication to accomplish her goals.  

And Kayla’s dedication to success isn’t limited to extracurriculars, but academics as well. She’s a member of the National Honor Society.

“School comes first, so mainly I just get all my stuff done and pay attention, be focused and dedicated to everything,” she said.

Kayla has also been involved with track, soccer and cheerleading. And recently, she started taking nursing assistant classes because her dream job is to be a neonatal nurse. She’s hoping to attend the University of Michigan and become part of the dance team there.

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