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Going into the Ohio Star Ball, LaPointe held the second-place position in her category in the 2012 Dancer's Cup Tour and was ranked 14th out of 7,000 dancers on the DanceSport tour. "I won the top Newcomer Award and the Inspiration Award at the Twin Cities Open, based on my performances," she says.
In Kansas City, anyone can become a socialite. Becoming a champion, that's another story.
"I think this has really changed the perceptions people have about me," LaPointe says. "My mother finally realized that this isn't just something to do for fun or one of the projects I've started and not finished, but a very serious goal."
She goes on: "I don't think I'm dancing to step out of my mother's shadow. I see it more as embellishing my grandmother's passion for the dance. It's a way of finding myself and paying homage to her."