Talent For Dance Leads to Scholarship
Haven Cagle has shared her renowned skills as a dancer throughout the country, taking part in and winning numerous competitions at the state, regional and national levels. Soon, Cagle will be using her abilities to entertain Arkansas State University fans as a member of the Red Wolves Dancers, following her signing with division I program during a special ceremony Monday at the Rector gymnasium. Cagle, the daughter of Karen and David Cagle, has accepted a scholarship offer to join the ranks of just 17 performers on the team.
"I'm really excited," Cagle said of joining the Red Wolves Dancers. "I feel privileged to be able to be a part of something like this! I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of a team like this, and be one of 17 on the team."
Cagle's skills as a dancer were honed through years of training and competing. In addition to her own work, she has operated a dance studio in Rector with her sister, Harmony, which has served to introduce dance to several young pupils in recent years.
"There's a lot of work involved in dance," Cagle said. "If you commit to it, it can be very rewarding. This opportunity is a result of a lot of hard work."
Cagle, 17, was joined by her family and friends for the special signing. Red Wolves Dancers coach Paige Pauley visited Rector for the signing, welcoming Cagle to the squad.
"When I first met Haven, she had a rocking interview," Pauley said. "I could just tell that she was a very talented individual. As I saw more of her in tryouts, I learned she was not only a great dancer, but also someone who would be a positive role model, which is something else we look for on our team."
Pauley said Cagle stood out throughout the tryout process which began with a video interview and concluded with a final selection process April 4 -- 6.
"She came in and did a fantastic job," Pauley said. "I think she's going to be a great addition to our team."
The Red Wolves Dancers have a hectic schedule; likely the most challenging of any program at ASU. The team begins practice in mid-July with competitions, performances at football and basketball games, special functions and camps continuing throughout the year. The group's efforts continue from summer through spring, with just a few months off between seasons.
"There's a ton of work involved," Pauley said. "Identifying those who will be able to handle the demands is a big part of our selection process. I think Haven will be able to handle it because she's a hard worker and is responsible and mature enough to work with the schedule."
Cagle, an Honor Student at RHS, says she is ready to accept the challenge.
"I'm looking forward to it," Cagle said. "I'm going to work hard and challenge myself to do the very best I can. It's exciting."
Cagle plans to major in Business Administration at Arkansas State University.