Magazine article Dance Spirit

You Should Know

Magazine article Dance Spirit

You Should Know

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Whether she's in class at L.A.'s Millennium Dance Complex, demonstrating at The PULSE On Tour or competing on "America's Best Dance Crew," it's easy to pick Camren Bicondova out of a crowd of dancers. She's probably the smallest, with the cutest pixie cut- and she probably has the most swagger. At just 13 years old, Camren has the cool-kid thing locked down. She's effortlessly stylish, and she's got the dance skills to match.

Though she makes it look easy, Camren has put in the work to master her hip-hop moves. She began dancing at age 6 after enduring years of seizures. Her mom put her in dance classes hoping they would help - and they did. Camren hasn't had a seizure since she took her first class. She enrolled in ballet and hip hop at a studio in her hometown of San Diego, CA, and began competing and attending conventions. But a few years later, her family moved to Hawaii when her dad, a Navy SEAL, was transferred there.

It was in Hawaii, dancing with the studio 24-VII Danceforce, that Camren truly learned to love dancing. "24-VII isn't competitive," she says. "We just danced our hearts out. That's the way it is there: You dance and let yourself feel good. That's when I got more serious about hip hop and jazz funk. I was like, 'This is nice. I can just be me.'"

Eventually, Camren made her way back to the convention scene, dancing at a PULSE event in L.A. It was there that a Clear Talent Group agent spotted and signed her. Camren's first professional job was a role on Disney's "Shake It Up." "I got to see how an actual job works," Camren says. …

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