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A little dancer gets support

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Karly Baros, her mother Kianna Baros and owner of Captain Jim’s, Jim Werdann, are standing next to the table with 20 items that Werdann donated for a raffle that ended Nov. 20. Baros and Werdann went through the store to pick the raffle items they felt people would enjoy the most. The raffle money will help to pay the cost for Karly and the Haley’s Powerhouse Academy of Dance team to participate in the upcoming dance competitions. (Christina Stock Photo)

Karly’s mother is very proud of her little girl. “She’s been dancing since the age of 3,” Baros said. “Before she could walk, music would play and she would just dance. Now she is 6.

“Last year, she came in first place in regionals; at nationals she won overall and first in her age division,” Baros said.

This year, more challenges are waiting for the tiny dancer with the bright smile.

“She went from having one solo last year to having five different ones this year,” Baros said. “For competition, she’ll compete in a hip hop solo, in a jazz trio, line dance, a mini group and elite group.

“Karly is competing in four regionals and when we win, we go to nationals in Dallas,” Baros said.

Asked what Karly would like to do in the future, she said, “I want to teach little kids.” She had told her mother that she wants her own studio and be a dance teacher.

This is the second year that Werdann is supporting Karly.

“She has become like his granddaughter,” Baros said. “When he found out that she was doing the competition again he said, ‘Instead of sponsoring, let’s have a little fun and do a raffle.’”