GENEVA – For years, Emily Schmid has finished among the best at the Kane County Fair Talent Contest, but in 2013, she broke through as the senior division champion.
Now, the 17-year-old Geneva High School senior has an opportunity to show she is among the top talents in the state. Schmid will compete Saturday at the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs Official Talent Contest State Competition in Springfield. She will represent Kane County, along with Hampshire resident Daniel Souvigny, who won the junior competition.
Schmid is a dancer, winning with a performance set to the song “Titanium.” Reached via email, Schmid said she had been performing in the Kane County Fair contest just about every year since she was 11. She also has been among the finalists of the Geneva’s Got Talent Contest.
She wrote that she chose “Titanium” because she does her best when she can connect with the music, adding that the song, performed by Madilyn Bailey, “is powerful, yet very graceful at the same time.”
“Dance is all about finding the perfect balance between strength and beauty,” she wrote.
Schmid wrote that her goal at the competition “is to perform my best and make Kane County proud.” She added that she plans to study nursing in college, but she would “plan to continue dancing through college and through the rest of my life. Whether performing for the community, competing or teaching students, I will never stop dancing because dance is a part of who I am.”
Last year’s Kane County representative, Elburn resident Nicole DiSandro, finished in first place at the state competition’s junior division.
Larry Rossi, the coordinator of the Kane County Fair Talent Contest, said in a news release that organizers were “very proud of Nicole and the pride it brought to all of us in Kane County” last year. He said “the judges were highly impressed with the quality of talent in our community.”