Jenny is a fifth grader. She is considered one of the most popular girls in her class. She is very pretty, but that is not why she is considered popular. She is popular because she is known to be among the brightest in her class. She can do the most cartwheels in a row, but mostly, she has the talent to dance.
Last year, she entered the school’s dance competition and won the first place. Her whole class was there to support her. Since that day, she has been the class attraction. This year, the school is holding another dance competition, but there has been a change in this year’s competition. The competition has to be done in pairs.
Jenny’s class was looking up to her with high expectations of her winning again this year. On the other hand, Jenny was unsure of this year’s outcome. She wanted to enter the competition, but she had never danced with a partner before. She decided to ask some of the boys in her class to enter with her. They all said no to her because they did not know how to dance. Jenny was becoming hesitant about joining.
She finally decided to turn to one of her closest friends, Carl. Jenny and Carl had known each other since the first grade. Carl was reluctant to join at first because he also didn’t know how to dance. Jenny insisted. He eventually agreed to join the competition. Jenny was happy and relieved. However, she was still worried because she knew her class was counting on her to win this year’s competition.
All she needed was some time and practice in order to increase her chances of winning. This time, it was going to be more of a challenge considering the fact that Carl was not a good dancer. The competition was in two months, and only time could predict her chances of winning.
After selecting Carl as her partner, Jenny needed to start planning for the dance competition at her school. The competition started in two months. Jenny was aware that Carl was not a great dancer. She had to dedicate some time in helping him improve his skill. On the first few days of preparation, Jenny had planned out their dance routine, with the help of her teacher. They were going to be dancing to “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley.
Jenny and Carl spent the first two weeks memorizing their steps and cues to their dance. Carl was pretty clumsy at first. He eventually got the hang of it. They spent the rest of the time perfecting their moves. The day of the competition was almost near. Jenny and Carl were beginning to get nervous. They were going up against nine other pairs from the same school.
The day of the competition arrived. Carl had not become a great dancer, but had definitely improved since he began. Since Jenny won last year’s competition, she was to perform with Carl last. The pairs that were performing this year were better dancers compared to last year’s competition. As each pair took the stage one by one, Jenny grew more anxious. Carl noticed this from Jenny and told her, “It’ll be okay, Jenny. You are great, and I’m sure we’ll win.” Jenny felt better after hearing Carl’s words. Soon, it was their turn to perform. They walked on stage and began to dance as soon as their song started to play.
They were off to a great start. Jenny’s class was there cheering them on. The crowd began cheering them on as well. Suddenly, Jenny tripped and fell. The crowd was shocked. Carl managed to get Jenny back up on time for their big finale. Jenny was upset because of her fall. After their performance, the judges tallied up the scores and were ready to announce the winner. Jenny and Carl won, but it was a close call. If it wasn’t for Jenny’s talent and Carl’s quick thinking to keep the routine going, they wouldn’t have won. They were both awarded with a trophy and medals. Jenny and Carl were full of cheer.