Coming all the way from Soul Shock Dance Company in Phoenix, Arizona, Kamryn has been dancing for the past six years and doesn’t plan to stop any time soon. She is the youngest of the cast and, as she told Lifetime, started dancing after watching a video when she was 2 years old. She asked her mom (and now, manager) Adriana Smith to put her in dance classes, Kamryn was immediately signed up for ballet and tap.
But dance isn’t just a hobby for Kamryn — it’s a sport. Her dedication and passion are the reasons why she’s placed first in multiple competitions, including being named the 2018 Petite National Dancer of the Year at the Rainbow Dance Competition in Panama City, Florida.
Although she can perform any type of dance flawlessly, Kamryn prefers jazz and contemporary. Her ability to pick up any style of dance and her strong stage presence, as can be seen in her dance videos, make her a great fit for the season eight cast.
In her Dance Mom debut, Kamryn was given a solo and asked to act a swing for Elliana, who was absent again, in the group dance.
“I’m thinking about adding a mini to this team,” Abby said when introducing the tiny dancer. “So Kamryn’s here for one week and I’m going to see if she’s the mini that fits that bill. Could she make it here at the ALDC? Maybe with my expertise.”
Her solo, titled Proud Kamy, was a tribute to the Tina Turner classic “Proud Mary.” It was a “fun, sassy jazz” dance that Abby hopes would push Kamryn’s technique.
The moms were quick to critique Kamryn for not picking up the choreography, and warned Kamryn’s mom Adriana that Abby expects solos to win.
“If there’s no one from this team and she doesn’t win, Abby’s gonna be p*ssed,” Stacey told Adrianna.
“It will win,” Adrianna adduced them.
And win it did. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to earn her a permanent spot on the ALDC elite competition team.
“She’s just not the right fit for this team right now,” Abby said during the episode. “There is no way that I can put her out on the stage with the rest of these kids in a group dance.”
That said, we can’t count Kamryn out completely.
“I do hope she’ll go home and work harder and clean up that technique so hopefully she can come back some day,” Abby said.
Here’s hoping we see Kamryn back on the stage — and the screen — soon.
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