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Adia Hollist

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Adia is 18 years old and was born in Tampa, Florida on Labor Day of 1999. Adia is currently a freshmen at Boston Conservatory at Berklee with scholarship. She graduated from the Dance Department at Howard W. Blake High School, she was an Advanced Placement Honor Student and a member of the National High School Association of Scholars, National Honor Society and National Honor Society for Dance Arts.  She was an active member and President of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts Blake chapter, ambassador of the Friends of the Arts Alliance, spokesperson for the Blake Department of Dance and also a member of the French Honor Society, Blake ambassador, CURE club and Terra Mater. She also act as mentor for younger kids, she was a speaker at Benito middle school in February 2016.

 Adia started dancing at the age of three when she danced in the Chocolate Nutcracker at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater.  Adia then joined the Dundu Dole Urban African Ballet Company under the direction of Jai Hinson, where she continued studies in dance including the Chocolate Nutcracker/Family Blessing presented by ARTZ 4 Life Academy also under the direction of Jai Hinson (thank you Mama Jai) and she is now the Princess.  She also volunteers at Artz 4 Life Academy, she assists the Director during rehearsals. Adia started her training at ABS in April of 2009 under the direction of Ms. Paula Nunez.  Adia has a passion for dance, gives her all and as a result has excelled tremendously in her recent years of study at ABS.  She has performed in The Nutcracker and various spring productions with ABS. She also volunteers with Tampa City Ballet and teachers the four and five year old kids at ABS, and help with the community project Tampa City Ballet is involved in. In 2016 she competed in classical solo, contemporary solo, and Ensemble at YAGP. She took first place in the senior contemporary division and performed the piece in the YAGP Gala in Tampa. She also competed at ADC in 2015 and was awarded ADC Medallion in both Classical and contemporary (top 10).  In March she was the cover model for the Blaize online dance and fitness magazine.  She was the first finalist model for Florida Dance Magazine in 2015.  She is a member of the Danz Ensemble group that performs in competition, various festivals and charitable functions around the Tampa Bay area. In 2016 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Complexion dance company summer program in New York, In 2015 she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Alvin Ailey School, summer intensive and Peridance summer intensive in New York. In 2014 she was awarded the Alonzo Lines discovery project scholarship for their summer program in San Francisco. She has also attended every summer intensive program at ABS since 2009.

In March she attended the High School Dance festival in Madison, Wisconsin, during this festival her senior cerography piece (Written in Stone) was performed during the faculty and guest artist showcase. In April she participated in the YAGP finals in New York and she took the workshops and was lucky to have teachers from Paris Opera Ballet and Alvin Alley.  She also attended workshop in Broadway Dance Center.  She took the certification class at ABT in April 2014 for level 4 and passed. She has attended several master classes from various companies including Alvin Ailey, Alonzo Lines and American Ballet Theatre.  She is very thankful to Ms. Albena Arnaudova, Ms. Kelly Rayl and Howard W Blake for all the opportunities and exposure given to her at the school.

Other accolades include: US Achievement Academy National Recognition, Student of Excellence in Science and All American Scholar at Large; Junior National Leadership Conference Attendee in Washington DC.  Her poem “Christmas Eve” was published in the Anthology of Poetry of Young Americans. Adia appeared in documentary for The Spring of Tampa Bay called “My Child My Choice,” also did commercial for the City of Orlando, she has also appeared on Studio 10, Daytime NBC, Good Day Tampa Bay and Positively Tampa Bay, Bay News 9. She also engages in other activities such as, member of Hosley Temple Youth Choir, Sunday school teacher, Usher and Youth Ministry. For two years she made and sold handmade jewelry to raise money to feed families during the holidays, the money was donated to Metropolitan Ministries. She also volunteered at Metropolitan Ministries.

 She has to thank the ABS staff especially Ms. Paula, Mr. Osmany and Ms. Barbara for providing her with the training she needs to be the dancer she is today, for not giving up on her but have patience and continue to push her to her limit.