Hannah is our youngest contributor to date, in grade nine, her first year of high school. She’s smart, she loves dancing, reading, hanging with her friends and values healthy food for teens. Hannah lives in the east end of the city and goes to an arts high school, where she gets to study her first love, dance, in addition to regular subjects. She also loves to write; she has already been published on Good Food Revolution, with a compelling rant about the fast food industry sponsoring the Olympics. Girl’s got great style and huge promise and we’re so excited to have her on the She Does The City Teen Team. When she’s not attending dance classes and trying to bring down McDonalds, Hannah loves to check out new films and try on makeup at Shoppers Drug Mart with her friends.
What was the school project you liked the most this year?
I know that this sounds bad, but I haven’ t really enjoyed any projects at my school so far. Other than getting some fun choreography projects in dance, most academic projects have just been boring essays and reports!
What music are you currently really into?
I listen to lots of pop, hip-hop/rap, alternative and a little bit of dubstep here and there. I will pretty much listen to anything that is fun to dance to!
Right now, everyone in the locker room is talking about:
What they’re wearing to the school’s upcoming semi-formal dance!
How did you celebrate your last birthday?
I was lucky enough to have my birthday on the night of Nuit Blanche this year which was super exciting! A small group of friends and I went out to The Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner and then went to the Distillery District to check out some of the art. It was really great.
What makes your school unique?
I go to an arts school in Toronto that’s full of crazy talented teenagers focusing on many different arts majors, like dance, musical theatre, drama and film. At my school I have the amazing opportunity to not only get a great academic education but to be equally trained in my area of artistic interest (dance).
Does your school have any wacky traditions?
Well this isn’t really wacky, but it’s pretty unique as far as I’ve heard. Every morning a different group of singers and musicians play the national anthem over the speaker as opposed to using the recorded “Oh, Canada” track.
What extra-curriculars are you involved with this year?
It’s no surprise, but I take a lot of dance classes in styles like ballet, jazz, lyrical and pointe!
What was the last book you read for school? For fun?
We just finished The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-time at school and I recently finished the book Going Bovine by Libba Bray on my own time. I would definitely recommend Going Bovine for readers who like quirky, interesting fantasy and adventure stories!
If you were in charge of planning the next field trip for your school, where would you go? ANYWHERE!
New York City… or maybe Paris. Anywhere far away and exciting!
Who is someone you look up to?
I look up to a lot of different people including my parents, my peers, my dance teachers… lots of people and artists who are happy, confident and driven.
What is your favourite way to spend the weekend?
I love to spend my weekends going out with my friends, seeing movies, eating out, dancing… eating lots of chocolate and sleeping in.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
A dancer, dance teacher or writer.
What are you grateful for?
My family, friends, sleep and delicious food.
If you could travel in time, what decade would you like to check out? Why?
The 2020’s , so I could see myself as a grown up.
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