Correction: Tyce Diorio is the choreographer of the movie "High Strung Free Dance." His name was wrong in an earlier version of this story. It has been updated to reflect the right information. We regret the error.
When Greta Nelson took a trip to Los Angeles, California earlier this August, she was expecting to spend a week full of dancing.
She didn't expect that she would be auditioning for a chance to go to the Studio School of LA, earning an acceptance letter and $1,000 scholarship. She didn't even know the school existed.
Nelson is an 18 year old senior at Frazee High School, dancing for the Frazee Fly Girls and the Northern Lights Dance Academy. She and her mom went out to LA for a week of dancing at the Hollywood Dance Tour, taking classes with different choreographers. They had signed Nelson up for an audition, but neither of them knew where it might lead.
"This is what I want my career to be," Nelson wrote in a Facebook message. "I wasn't going to go to college before I went on this trip. My plan was to move out to California and start working and auditioning as soon as possible."
But then she got to the audition, where she danced ballet, contemporary and hip-hop for three hours. Once she finished, all the dancers took a 30-minute tour of the college so the people running the audition could choose the ones to receive scholarships and acceptance letters.
"After the audition, when we were getting the tour of the school, I was pretty bummed. I felt like I didn’t do my best and was doubting myself and what I had done in the audition," Nelson wrote. "They gave out two $1,000 scholarships to their summer program, after they did that I was thinking to myself, ‘Well now I definitely am not going to get anything, there’s no way.’
"And then they called my name for one of the two acceptances into the college. I started crying, my mom was crying, other dancers ... started crying. It was very exciting!"
Nelson wrote that she is now planning on attending college at the Studio School of LA in 2020 and that she is "SO excited to be going there." She added that she is "very excited to get to go to such a unique school and have a set plan for the next four years."
She isn't quite sure what it will be like or what her classes will include, but she plans to major in commercial dance and get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The Studio School of LA is one of the few colleges in the country that offers a commercial dance major and 100 percent of their graduates have an agent upon receiving their degree.
Nelson wrote that what she's looking forward to most at the school is "continuously growing in maturity and creativity as a dancer and making connections with other dancers and new teachers ... I can't wait to see how the school will shape and mold me."
Her main goal in her dance career is to "work with a major woman, like Beyoncé or Jennifer Lopez. Being in music videos or going on tour with women like these; I would assume it can't get much more inspiring than that," she wrote.
Aside from the audition and classes, Nelson also danced for a music video that will be aired on live TV on Sept. 11 during The Dance Awards, which was her favorite experience out of the whole trip.
"It was a night shoot, so we went from around 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., just getting our hair and makeup done, and then we went from 12 a.m. to 7 a.m. shooting the video," Nelson wrote. "It was so cool living the life of an actual professional dancer and having the experience from the shoot under my belt."
When she wasn't dancing herself, Nelson watched other dancers on a live broadcast of Fox Television's "So You Think You Can Dance." She can be spotted in the front row of Season 16 Episode 10, wearing a Christmas green dress. She went and saw the sights around LA and also went to the premier showing of "High Strung Free Dance," meeting Tyce Diorio, the choreographer for the movie, and Harry Jarvis, the lead role.
By the end of the trip, Nelson was exhausted, but fully looking forward to living in LA after high school.