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[Casey Morrison, 12, fills a loaf pan with banana bread batter with the help of her mom, Angie, in the family's Batavia home.]
BATAVIA – Dance student Casey Morrison has come up with an innovative way to raise money for a trip to New York with her dance class next year.
Morrison, or Casey June as she sometimes is called, is 12 years old. She lives in Batavia and attends Geneva Middle School South. Beginning with ballet, she has taken classes in jazz, hip-hop, tap, line, lyrical and musical theater at the Dreams Dance Academy in St. Charles, performing in five recitals this year.
Morrison said she loves to dance. She has met new people through her classes and enjoys dancing with her friends.
“It boosts my confidence,” she said. “I get to express myself.”
Her mother, Angie Morrison, said dance provides another benefit to her daughter. The latest in a number of medical issues stemming from her premature birth at 30 weeks is short-term memory loss. The doctors tell Angie Morrison that dance will help to retrain her brain.
Meeting this happy, bouncy middle-schooler, one would never guess the journey she has been on since she was born at 2 pounds 11 ounces.