Lila Hartle

“My biggest passion is dance. I enjoy it because it lets me express myself and it has created so many amazing friendships. I’ve been dancing probably since I was three years old and it’s definitely made me more outgoing. I’ve always struggled with speaking out, so using dance to show my emotions is really helpful. Last year, I got diagnosed with an eating disorder, and I had to stop doing dance, which was really hard. Having the setback of losing all my muscles and strength was extremely difficult for me mentally, but now the feeling of dancing again and being back at the studio, it’s amazing. Even though it’s only a small amount of what I was doing beforehand, it’s the best. I just can’t wait every single time I go into the dance studio, and having dance as this way of being able to show my emotions is really special.” – Lila Hartle, 10.