A Parker girl placed highly in a statewide talent contest held by a Phoenix television station. Brooklyn Daniels-Leivas, 9, placed second in the “Arizona Kids Got Talent” contest held by KPNX-TV Channel 12. Daniels-Leivas won for her hip-hop dancing.
Daniels-Leivas has been dancing since she was two years old. She started taking lessons at Mish Mash Studio in Parker when she was three. For the KPNX contest, she submitted a video of her dancing. Judges from the station selected the top 12, and Daniels-Leivas’s tape was one of them.
Once the top 12 videos were posted, visitors to the KPNX website could vote online for their favorites. Daniels-Leivas placed second in the voting.
She went to the KPNX studios on May 22 and appeared on live television. She also received a check for $500.
Daniels-Leivas will be entering the fifth grade at Wallace Elementary School in August. She studies dance at Mish Mash Studio and at Pro Dance Yard Academy in Blythe, Calif. She’s on a competition squad at the studio in Blythe, and she has competed in competitions in Anaheim, Calif.; Redondo Beach, Calif.; and Phoenix.
Her mother, Erica Daniels, said Brooklyn keeps her “super busy.” They have to travel to Blythe three days per week for lessons. Erica is a Parker High graduate who was on the dance squad at Arizona Western College.
“I am super proud of her,” Erica said. “I’m humbled by the support of the community.”
Daniels-Leivas’s father is David Leivas.
Mish Mash Studio director Buni Hooper said Daniels-Leivas has been one of their top dancers for the last four years.
“She’s top of the line in dance. She wants to learn, and she learns quickly,” Hooper said. “We’re over the top proud of Brooklyn.”
In addition to dancing, Daniels-Leivas also participates in Parker Youth Pageants. She will be turning over her crown as Junior Miss Parker to her successor in October at the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Native American Days Expo.
As for the future, Daniels-Leivas said she wants to keep dancing.
“I want to be a dancer like Beyonce,” she said.