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Posted 1:06 AM November 29, 2005
Betsy Reason column: Teenage dancer adds moves to hip-hop
17-year-old dances for rapper Lil' Bubba, lives in North Hollywood.
November 29, 2005
Betsy Reason

When Porshia Monks was 3, her parents enrolled her in dance class, though her dad thought "it was kind of silly" at the time.

She wanted to be the "cooker girl" at McDonald's when she was 5, but by the time she was 7, Porshia was in dance competitions and had her mind set on performing in music videos someday.

At 8, she was getting compliments for her tap dancing and was a regional finalist in a national model search. And at 13, she performed in an off-Broadway dance musical in Times Square.

Now 17, the 5-foot, 3-inch naturally curly brunette is a hip-hop dancer touring with 13-year-old rapper Lil' Bubba.

And life couldn't be better, said the Noblesville teen who moved to North Hollywood a year ago.

Porshia, who performs jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical and modern dance, first went to California after earning a weeklong scholarship to the Millennium Dance Complex, the same studio where Britney Spears trains.

Speaking of Britney, Porshia has performed wearing the pop star's costumes and is getting pointers from Britney's former dancer and top choreographer Jesselee Santos.

"She had a look and an execution about her movement that stood out," said Santos about Porshia, who sees great potential in the Noblesville girl. "There is not anything she cannot tackle."

That's why Santos and singer/songwriter Jonathan George, owners of a talent development company in North Hollywood, encouraged Porshia to move there to get her career on track.

Porshia, who acts and sings alto soprano, dreams to be in commercials and music videos and on television. She believes staying focused, practicing a lot and finding the best training she can get will be the key to her success.

Jeff Monks, owner of Monks Media, an Internet radio station in Noblesville, is proud of his daughter, saying she's more independent and mature since she moved to California. He's thrilled for Porshia to pursue the career she's always wanted.

Betsy Reason writes about interesting people, places and events in each Noblesville Ledger. Contact her at (317) 444-5542 or Betsy.Reason@TheNoblesvilleLedger.com.

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