Lana Smith is a strong and independent young woman with big dreams.
As a dancer with the Candy Lane Dance Academy and a student at St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland, Lana’s personal revolution is centered on being true to who you really are.
Having been through challenging times in the past, Lana has learned to become resilient and strong in the face of adversity. She is a firm believer that it’s not about how you look, but how you feel on the inside.
Here is Lana’s amazing story.
My dance is definitely my biggest passion. I’ve been dancing for 12 years, since I was three and I hope there’s many more to come. It’s always been my dream to become a famous dancer and/or become a dancer on Broadway. I am now dancing with Candy Lane Dance Academy which will present many opportunities for me in performances, cabarets and shows. I’m also very passionate about my education and school. After a short time at Mt Maunganui College I have now moved to St Cuthbert’s College in Auckland as a boarder. I’ve realised how important education is for setting the foundations for your future. I am dedicated to my education and determined to do well.
I always make sure I’m eating well and getting the right amount of rest that I need. This is a challenge at times especially at boarding school where you cannot choose what you eat and when you sleep but when I get the opportunity I am always eating properly and pushing myself to do the best in every aspect that I can.
A strong, independent woman is what comes to my mind straight away. Someone who can stand on their own two feet and look after themselves. I believe that health comes in many different forms. To me health and/or wellbeing is not how you look physically, but how you are on the inside. Some people may have a bigger build but be stronger and healthier than someone who is stick thin.
I love that I am always a goal setter and have been since a very young age. It’s always been my dream to go over to America and perform and get ‘discovered’ by someone famous there. The fact that I have the opportunity to achieve that dream this year by joining a dance tour to Los Angeles in September makes me so grateful for everything that is given to me and everything that I work towards. Also, I am proud that I am very independent, I can look after myself and others if asked to. I was taught from a very young age to not count on others too much but to be resilient and strong.
My personal revolution is that I have been through quite a few challenges with friends and have had trouble ‘fitting in’ throughout my experience with high school and growing up. This reflected how I feel about myself which affected my behaviour and I found myself in a downward spiral.
But I believe that everything happens for a reason and so I know that these experiences have made me be who I am today. Without these events happening to me, I would not have had the motivation to move schools and had half the opportunities that I have had since joining St Cuthbert’s. I am so grateful for everything my parents do for me and all that they have to offer for me. I hate to think where I would be without them, they are so supportive and dedicated to my success as a woman, a person, a sister and a daughter.