Never having danced as a child growing up, Mayelin enrolled her daughter Amanda, 12, in dance class as she thought it was important for her to be involved in after school activities. The whole family, including Mayelin’s husband, are extremely supportive of Amanda’s dance endeavors and when giving her advice for "Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition," she reminded Amanda that, "this is a show and no matter what happens she (Amanda) is a great dancer and a great kid." Mayelin’s aspirations for Amanda are, "…for her to be the person she wants to be." She explains that currently Amanda wants to be a dancer, so she will continue to provide her with the right opportunities to live her dream. Mayelin also says that it’s a blessing that Amanda knows what inspires her and she will continue support her passion. If they win the $100,000 prize, they would put it towards her dance training and college. Mayelin and Amanda currently live in Miami, Florida.

About Mayelin

What's your favorite style of dance to watch?
I enjoy watching all styles of dance. My most favorite is Ballroom (Latin) because it allows the dancer to be a diva and move like one.

What's your occupation?
Banker, Manager of a Lending Department.

What are your hobbies and interests besides dance?
I enjoy scrapbooking, landscaping and taking family vacations.

Would you call yourself a "Dance Mom," "stage mom" or "mom-manager"?
I would call myself a "dance mom" when it relates to costumes and looks. I always make sure that my daughter and even other dancers look good on stage. I believe that it’s important to have the right costume, hair and makeup. Then I can also say I am a "mom-manager" since I do care for the best interest of my daughter. I want every experience she has a dancer to be the best and make sure that every detail is taken care that way.

About Amanda C.

What's your favorite style of dance to perform?
My favorite style to perform is Lyrical because I get to let out all my emotions and I get to be me.

What's your favorite style of dance to watch?
My favorite style to watch is also Lyrical, because I get to see other performers’ passion.

Do you hope to be a professional dancer one day?
Yes!

If you don’t end up being a professional dancer, what other job would you like to have?
I would like to teach dance if I do not become a professional dancer.

What's your favorite subject in school?
Math.

What's your favorite color?
My favorite color is yellow.

What do you think you are learning about the most from this experience?
Performing the dance and choreographing the routines. I also love the costumes as well as the music, but I love performing the mist.

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