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      Upper Peninsula teen dances to success

      Zoey Peterson competing

      At just 13 years of age, she's an honor roll student, an accomplished dancer, and was just accepted into the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City!

      Zoey Peterson was just two years old when she began dancing. In the beginning, Zoey says dance was just an extracurricular, but now, it has blossomed into a possible career.

      Zoey auditioned for the Joffrey Ballet School just this past May. A few weeks later, she found out she was accepted to the prestigious school.

      The Joffrey Ballet School was founded in 1953 by Robert Joffrey. The school is known for being exclusive and much like an Ivy League college. However, it is also somewhat of a boarding school; high school students, like Zoey, attend dance classes all day, then go home at night for regular high school courses online.

      "I was just amazed that I actually got in, and I didn't think I was going to, just because it's such an amazing school and everything!" said Zoey.

      "I know that she's very talented, and she can pick up things quickly. But we really didn't know what to expect. I figured, if anything, it would be a learning experience for her," said Jessica Peterson, Zoey's mother.

      But the school is also quite pricey. The Petersons plan to fundraise and find sponsors to help Zoey accomplish her dream of attending the school.

      "Being accepted to this world-renowned school would be the opportunity of a lifetime and forever life changing. This is what I need to further my dance training like I need to. If I were to get a sponsor, or sponsors, I would be a wise investment because I am a quick learner, extremely hardworking, dedicated, and can take on any style of dance and perform it well," Zoey said.

      If you would like to become a sponsor, call the Petersons at (906) 273-0113, or email Zoey's father Mike at