All stater Tracee Scott enjoys grace, beauty of dancing

Tracee Scott was born to dance.

Her 14 years of dedication to the art form paid off recently with her selection as an all state dancer at the state competition held in Portland.

Scott, 18, is the daughter of Mary Sue and Dick Reynolds.

“I love to entertain. It’s my passion, I love it,” Scott said of expressing herself through dancing.

Scott’s first dance lessons were at age four at Cascade Performing Arts Center in Lebanon.

“My sister was shy but I wasn’t” Scott said.

Since then, Scott world has revolved around dance—hip hop, jazz, modern and ballet. Her talents have taken her to Disneyland to dance at Magic Music Days.

“Last year, I worked with two dance programs,” Scott said. “I learned ballet at the Albany Dance Academy and modern dance at the Youth Dance Project. I drove to Albany three nights a week.”

Scott played Miss Hannigan in the dance production of Annie and was primary dancer with the Youth Dance Project and helped with choreography.

Now that the high school dance season is over, Scott has been working out a hour a day at the Sweet Home Fitness Center in preparation for an audition at Hawaii Pacific University.

She leaves Sweet Home today for a week in Honolulu. She has a one day tryout. During that time she will learned three dance routines.

“It’s exciting because they have the top rated dance program in the country,” Scott said. “They only have 13 girls. If I’m picked, I can get a full tuition scholarship.”

If Scott doesn’t attend Hawaii Pacific, she plans to enroll at OSU. At either school she will study fashion merchandising.

Although she enjoys all form of dance, Scott admits ballet is her favorite.

“I needed the discipline,” she said. “It’s fun, graceful. It makes you feel pretty.”

In addition to her dancing, Scott has been active as a wrestling stats keeper, will graduate in the Top 10% or her class, is a member of National Honor Society and has participated in the school play for three years, this year in a lead role.

She encourages her fellow high school dancers to stay the course and work hard to follow their goals.

This summer she plans to work. If she attends OSU, Scott plans to try out for the Blazer dancers in Portland.