Often described as strong and graceful, Abbey McWhirter, 12, has a quiet confidence about her that is evident when she performs. Since taking her first ballet class at three years old she has not stopped dancing. Versatile in jazz, tap, hip-hop and musical theater, she has a primary focus on contemporary dance and ballet. She trains nearly 20 hours a week. As a member of her studio’s elite performing company, Abbey attends conventions and competitions throughout the year, often earning top scholarships and recognitions of excellence at these events.