Rebecca Pogue, 18
Riverwood High School, 2008 graduate
High school was like a musical with a happy ending for Rebecca Pogue, daughter of Susan and Tom Pogue.
The 18-year-old graduated this spring as salutatorian of her class at Riverwood High School, where since her sophomore year she dedicated much of her time to one of her passions, choreography.
Rebecca has been involved in dance since age 4. She is a member of the pre-professional company at The Studio Atlanta Dance, and she dances 10 hours a week and teaches during the summer. Her specific interest in choreography stemmed from her enjoyment in watching musicals.
“I realized that I was interested in the other side of dance,” she said.
She choreographed various musicals at Riverwood, including Little Shop of Horrors and The Wiz. But Grease, which Rebecca choreographed during her senior year, stands out.
“That one was special because not only was it my last year, but it was also the most challenging,” she said, noting the 1950s setting of the show and her efforts to challenge the cast.
Although choreography seems to come naturally to Rebecca, she understands that it involves a great deal of perseverance and patience.
“I have a lot of ideas, and it’s sometimes hard to fit everything in” because of time constraints, she said.
“When it all finally comes together, the vision comes to life,” she said.
Rebecca will attend the University of Georgia this fall as a member of the honors program. She plans to pursue a master of fine arts degree in dance, and after college, she hopes to open her own dance studio or become a dance teacher.
In addition to studying dance, Rebecca plans to minor in Spanish, an interest that led her to become Spanish Club president during her junior year at Riverwood.
“I’ve always been interested in the language,” she said. “It’s just a great way to communicate.”
Rebecca hopes she never stops learning about dance. “In life, you can never learn enough,” she said. “You’re always building on your dance foundations.”