Kathryn McCormick, a finalist from the hit TV show "So You Think You Can Dance?", got her start at local dance studio. (WRDW-TV / July 23, 2012)
News 12 at 6 o'clock / Monday, July 23, 2012
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- She's a local dancer making it on the big screen.
Kathryn McCormick first got her big break on "So You Think You Can Dance," finishing in third place on the dance competition show. Now, the 22-year-old is taking Hollywood by storm as the lead in the new movie "Step Up Revolution."
We went back to where it all began -- at an Augusta dance studio.
"I've known Kathryn since she was about 8 years old," said Megan Luquire, owner and artistic director at Augusta West Dance Studio.
She started teaching McCormick when she was a teenager.
"She was an absolute joy to teach every day in class. She was that kid that brought that special energy to class that was always striving to be more," Luquire said.
Now, McCormick is on the big screen, starring as a lead in the new dance film, "Step Up Revolution."
"I almost started crying because I'm just so grateful to be here and I could never have imagined four years ago this would be where I was. It's a gift," said McCormick to ClevverTv on the red carpet at the movie's premiere last week.
It's a gift that other young dancers look up to.
"She's amazing, and I want to be her," said 15-year-old fellow dancer Olivia Carswell.
"It's just amazing how well she's gotten since she was in the mini troupe up to senior, and it's just amazing," said Augusta West Dancer 7-year-old Blake Jiunnies.
"Every time the commercial comes on, I'm like ... 'Oh my gosh, I danced with her!'" exclaimed 15-year-old Haley Grant, who danced alongside McCormick years ago.
Her friends and fans say fame hasn't gone to the 22-year-old's head.
"She's incredible. She's so sweet and she's so genuine and she's not like what you expect most stars would be," Carswell said.
And she's paving the way for other rising stars.
"Sometimes I think, who's going to be the next Kathryn McCormick? And you never know. If they work that hard there's endless possibilities to what they can do," Luquire said.
She's an inspiration to 12-year-old dancer Mckenna Hamilton.
"It's great to know that I can be her someday. I can be that good someday if I try my best and work my hardest," she said.
"Step Up Revolution" comes out this Friday and Luquire says she was in Hollywood for the premiere last week where McCormick was swarmed with fans. She says she stopped to take a picture with all of them. She told a reporter on the red carpet she plans to continue to act and dance.