Her Stories Contest – 1st Prize Flash Fiction Winner
Kylie Kamau attends an online charter school and is in the sixth grade. She loves singing, dancing, writing, eating sushi, drinking smoothies, and looking up trivia facts. Her teachers recently said that her reading level is that of an eighth- or ninth-grader.
The Dreams of a Dancer
By Kylie Kamau
Layla Prince dreamed of being a dancer. Her mother Mikayla wanted to dance, too, when she
was Layla’s age but no one believed in her. When Layla found out they were holding auditions at
at the Dance Theater of Harlem In New York City, she was excited to audition but also nervous.
“Mom, what if I’m not talented enough for the Dance Theater of Harlem?” Layla asked, putting her head down.
Her mother lifted her head and looked into her brown eyes and said, “Sweetheart, you can
do anything you set your mind to.”
Layla beamed and pirouetted across the floor.