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Deja Acosta,12, dances with the SAS Dance Company during the Phoenix Suns half time show during their game against the L.A. Clippers on April19.

Dreams of Becoming a Cheerleader Starts with Hard Work, Dedication and Training

By Tasha Silverhorn

Au-Authm Action News

The dream of becoming a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader led 12-year-old Deja Acosta to SAS Dance Studio in Gilbert. For the past year, Acosta has attended classes at the studio, which teaches a high standard in dance education and is dedicated to teaching and inspiring young dancers. The studio accommodates all levels of dance instruction, offering classes for children age 2 through adult in ballet, hip-hop, jazz, pom-pom, tumbling and more.

Acosta has learned the techniques and skills of a dancer and already has had a number of exciting experiences as a dancer. On April 19, Acosta and all the dancers from SAS Dance Studio had the opportunity to perform during the Phoenix Suns halftime show during the game against the L.A. Clippers. Acosta was not only able to perform, but she also had the chance to meet L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin.

Dancing during the Phoenix Suns halftime show is only one of many major opportunities the young 12-year-old has enjoyed. She also has danced at a Harlem Globetrotters basketball game, at an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game, in the APS Electric Light Parade, in the Fiesta Bowl Parade, and in a number of halftime shows during high school football games in Gilbert.

Acosta was chosen to ride and perform on the Disney on Ice float during the Fiesta Bowl Parade. Disney Studios went to the studio to select dancers to be Disney characters on their float, and Acosta was picked to be the cowgirl Jessie from Toy Story.

“My favorite style of dance to perform is hip-hop,” said Acosta. “I want to be a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader when I grow up, but if I don’t make [it as] a cheerleader I will try out to be a Phoenix Suns Dancer.”

Acosta is the daughter of Georgia Goodwin and Juan Acosta and is a straight-A student in sixth grade. In addition to dancing, she is also is involved in basketball, softball, kickball and volleyball here on the Community.

Acosta and her family would like to thank the SRPMIC Youth Services Department for helping to fund her tuition, outfits, travel bag and dance shoes through the Salt River Advisory Council for Children & Youth (SRACCY) grant.

“We’re very proud of her and we hope she keeps it up,” said Goodwin about her daughter’s aspirations of becoming a professional dancer and cheerleader.

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Dreams of Becoming a Cheerleader Starts with Hard Work, Dedication and Training