CENTRAL NEW YORK (WSYR-TV) — Madison Lynch was still a kid when we first met her. A 15-year-old dreaming of a summer dance program at the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. The Extraordinary Talent fund made her dream come true.
But she’s not a kid anymore. Lynch is a junior at Cal Arts, one of the best dance programs in the country. She has also competed on “So You Think You Can Dance.”
And this past summer, while performing in Paris, she got a call to fill in for an injured dancer and compete for Miss Dance of the United States.
Five days later, still jet lagged, Lynch headed for Atlantic City to perform.
“They call third runner up, second runner up, then when it was me,” Lynch said. “I can’t even describe that feeling. I started balling. I’m like crying. I’m like what’s happening. It was the best thing…I could have done for myself.”
Lynch is Miss Dance of the United States. The kid from Verona who went to the Joffrey Ballet School at 15.
Lynch said, “I had never gone there and I had dreamed of it and sometimes, people are like you can dream but let’s be realistic here, but having this opportunity with the Extraordinary Fund basically launched everything.”
Lynch is 20 now. She still thinks of herself as a small town girl who plans to join a dance company and travel the world.
“Your dreams can come true. No matter what they are, no matter how and how big they are, sometimes you need some help along the way. And for people to say you know what, you’re good, I believe in you …definitely,” Lynch said.
Click here to donate to the Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent.
More from NewsChannel 9: