Kennedy Lee: Dance, Dance, Dance

Someday Kennedy Lee wants to move to New York and dance at the American Ballet Theatre. And if the past is any indication, she is well on her way to achieving her dreams.
This past summer, she received a scholarship for dance to go to a talent expo in Dallas where she danced in front of many talent agents. The Brothers of Phi Mu Mu #948 of Omega Psi Phi, Inc. provided the $2,000 scholarship.
At 14, Kennedy has been dancing since she was seven. After two years of ballet lessons at Miss Toby Dance Ranch, Kennedy began dancing at Irby’s Dance Studio in downtown Conway. Two years later, she joined Sonshine Academy. She has also danced at the Center of the Dance Arts in Little Rock under Michael Tidwell, and is starting her third year at Rock City Dance Center in Little Rock.
In 2014, Kennedy received the Sonshine Academy Light Award which is awarded to students based on their work ethic. The award’s name is based on Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Kennedy also did a solo performance that year at the Daisy Bates 101 Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser, hosted by the Daisy Bates Foundation. It was at this event that she met Mary Louise Williams, distinguished 89-year-old member of the Arkansas Democratic Caucus and the NAACP. Williams recently nominated Kennedy for induction into the Little Rock Chapter of Top Teen of America, which is sponsored by the Top Ladies of Distinction. She was inducted this past June.
Most recently, Kennedy did a solo ballet performance to Disney’s “Colors of the Wind” at Miss Arkansas USA Ambassador’s Princess Ball at The Castle on Highway 25 in Greenbrier. The event was a fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters, as well as to assist current Miss Arkansas USA Ambassador Saba Harris in raising the funds she needed to attend the National Pageant in Florida.
Kennedy also has a passion for acting and has already had a role in a movie. When she was four, she played a lead role in “100 Lives,” (2009) a film based on real-life events and the high homicide rates in Memphis. She played the school teacher’s daughter that was killed in a drive-by shooting. She was the 100th victim in the senseless shootings that were taking place there. She auditioned for the part at Colors, a model and talent agency.
Most recently, she has pursued her passion for acting by participating in the Arkansas Repertory Theatre’s Summer Theatre Intensive, a week-long session in which students in grades six through eight work with a team of industry experts to develop their acting techniques. The week ends with a performance at the Rep’s Annex Black Box Theatre.
A member of the Conway Junior High Band, Kennedy plays flute. This summer, she also attended the Lorenzo Smith Band Camp at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center in Little Rock. The day camp, directed by Terrance Langford, culminated with a concert.
In her spare time, Kennedy is a community volunteer at Salem Nursing and Rehabilitation in Conway. She is active in her church, Restoration House of Praise Ministries, and is part of the praise dance team there.
Kennedy just started the 9th grade at Conway Junior High where she is taking pre-AP math and science courses. She was on the dance team last year and will be assisting with the varsity and 8th grade dance teams this year.