Hills’ April Feature Student

Hills’ April Feature Student

Hey, Hills! Every Trailblazer issue, we will be featuring a different student. This month, I had the chance to interview Dianne Chung. Dianne is a junior at Hills and is part of the Pascack Valley Dance Team. Read on to get to know Dianne just a little bit better!

Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?

A: I would say my sister. Since I was little, I’ve always like looked up to her. We’re four years apart so she always seemed so much bigger; everything she did seemed so cool.

Q: How does dancing affect your everyday life?

A: Well, I used to dance at Anita Ehrler’s studio in Park Ridge and that was very time consuming. I joined the Pascack Valley Dance Team sophomore year, and I knew that if I kept going it was going to take too much time, because that was like every day until nighttime. [Being on the] dance team is a little less time consuming [and] I feel very involved. It’s more of a family instead of just a team. One of the major reasons I switched [from Anita Ehrler’s to PVDT] is because I wanted to get more involved with the school.

Q: So you don’t have a lot of downtime?

A: Yeah. When I come home, I do my homework right away, and then I go to dance. Then I come home and do SAT work and stuff.

Q: What is your favorite school subject?

A: Well my best subject is English, but my favorite is probably math.

Q: In 10 years, where do you see yourself?

A: Happily married, and successful with a job. I want to keep dancing on the side, but I don’t want to major in dancing in college. I definitely want to keep dancing.

Q: What is something about you that most people don’t know?

A: I used to record CDs as a child, and they were sold in Korea. At church, there was this music producer person and she wanted to have a children’s CD. The first CD that she made was my sister and I when we were really little. I was in second or third grade. I just kept going…they’re probably not famous; they’re just children’s CDs sold in Korea.

Q: What is your favorite song?

A: My favorite song? It’s a throwback. It’s “Everybody” by the Backstreet Boys. Or “Yeah!” by Usher.

Q: What do you do when you’re not dancing?

A: Well since it’s junior year, it’s mostly schoolwork and SAT work. If not [that], I’m hanging out with my friends.

Q: How long have you been dancing for?

A: Like nine years.

Q: What is your favorite thing about dancing?

A: Since I don’t really do anything else, it’s a way to get away from all of the schoolwork and everything else. I can just do what I love and…it’s a way of expressing myself.

Q: Do you get nervous before competitions?

A: Not really;it’s more like…I get pumped. Since it’s a team, we always try to get each other pumped up, instead of being nervous together. In studio, I used to do solos- that was really nerve wracking because I was the only one on, but I knew that everyone was there with me, so it was also exciting.

Q: How often do you practice?

A: Like four to five times a week; most practices are like three hours.


This or That

Cookies or chips? Cookies.

Fruit or candy? Fruit.

TV or internet? Internet.

Soda or water? Soda.

Ian Somerhalder or Chad Michael Murray? Chad Michael Murray.