Johanna enjoying her first day of third grade at NCVA.
At just eight years old, Johanna Colon has a viral dance recital video, appeared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Little Big Shots, and still finds the time for online school at North Carolina Virtual Academy (NCVA).
Johanna started third grade last week, and this year marks her sixth year of dance training.
“She started bopping around to music when she was just a few months old, and by the time she could walk, she was dancing,” Johanna’s mother, Elissa Colon, said. Johanna officially started dance lessons at two years old.
Elissa knew online school was the best option for Johanna with her busy schedule of lessons and recitals during the school year.
“NCVA is very rigorous, so it keeps Johanna engaged, and the online environment means she can do school anywhere she is,” Elissa said. “We were already looking for a different option than public school because Johanna needed to be challenged with her school work. She is advanced and was bored in her classes. Then her dance recital video went viral and I needed to find a schooling option that kept school as the priority.”
In June of 2015 Johanna performed a routine channeling her inner diva in an end-of-the-year recital. Her mom recorded the performance and shared it on social media for her friends and family to watch, titling the video, "Johanna channeling Aretha Franklin!"