A Story of Survival Through Movement

By Kayla Zadel

Published 11/13 2013 03:39PM

Updated 11/13 2013 05:11PM

It was Arianne's sister who first inspired her to start dancing thirteen years ago. She also had a hand in her joining 4H several years later.

"My sister joined it and she drug me to all these and I finally gave in and I absolutely love it," explains Arianne Cox. 

Another woman in her life, her mom, has given her her greatest inspiration.

"I choreographed this dance...My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer last year and I just felt like it would be a great dance to dedicate to her and so I went ahead and choreographed it and I guess it turned out great. The lyrics really go along with how I felt and that there is going to be a better day," Arianne says.

Motivated by her mom's strength to fight cancer, Arianne qualified to perform her dance at the 4H state competition in June.

"I will do the exact same dance and if I make it to first I will perform it in front of all the people. I think it's around 5,000."

And if you win, "You get the bragging rights that you won."

"I think it's a really neat opportunity for them to showcase their skills. Not a lot of people associate dance with 4H and I think it's a really neat way for people to understand that 4H has a lot more to offer and I'm glad that we have great kids like Ari who are able to showcase that," explains Kim Peters Randall County 4H & Youth Development.

And as for Ari's mom, "She is officially cancer free and doing great."

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