Junior Camille Locke (far right) and her company, Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble, will perform at Regional Dance of America, a dance convention in Phoenix, from Wednesday, May 4-Saturday, May 7, causing Locke to miss two AP tests and an SAT testing date.

(Photo used by permission of Locke)
Junior Camille Locke (far right) and her company, Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble, will perform at Regional Dance of America, a dance convention in Phoenix, from May 4- 7, causing Locke to miss two AP tests and an SAT testing date.

Junior Camille Locke, who dances for the Sacramento Ballet Youth Ensemble, will attend Regional Dance of America (RDA), a dance convention in Phoenix, from Wednesday, May 4-Saturday, May 7. Consequently, she is missing two AP tests (AP Calculus AB and AP U.S. History) and an SAT testing date.

Q: Why did you choose the convention over taking the AP tests?

A: At the beginning I was having a really hard time deciding because missing APs is kind of detrimental, but then I found out that it was going to be easy to reschedule them.

I was never a really big fan of RDA, but last year, when we actually went, it was a lot of fun – we got to see some really amazing performances. All of the dancers go to each night’s performances, and so we get to see different companies’ dance styles. We also get to hear seminars, and college scouts will come.

I just thought it was worth it, so I decided to do it again. If it wasn’t going to be easy to retake the APs, I would probably not do RDA.

For a Second Saturday event, Locke and her company dance to “Ecce,” the piece they’ll perform at RDA. (Video used by permission of Locke)

Q: How long have you been going to this convention?

A: This is only my second year – my company was accepted into the program last year. It was in Sacramento last year in the convention center.

Q: How are you planning on making up the two APs?

A: There are makeup dates that are specific to those APs. I’m taking the APUSH one on (May) 18 and the Calc one on (May) 19.

Q: Where are the makeup tests held?
A: Here (at school).

Q: Have there been other instances where ballet has made it difficult for you to take standardized testing dates?

A: Ballet has pretty much made it so that all of my SAT dates and ACT dates have conflicts thus far. The March SAT I was supposed go to LA and perform there, and I just didn’t because I needed to take the SAT.

On the April ACT I had a performance that day, so I was late to call time and late to the warm-up class before because I was taking the ACT.

Q: Are there any other SCDS students going on the trip?

A: (Eighth-grader Clara McNatt) is going with us. We’re part of the same company – I’m in the performing company and she’s in the apprentice.

—By Allison Zhang

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