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Raleigh-trained dancer excited after Oscar win

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – A Raleigh-trained dancer is now an Oscar winner. North Carolina’s Ariana DeBose took home the Best Supporting Actress trophy at Sunday’s Oscars.

“It just meant the world to us to see her succeed as a dancer and succeed at this high level of success,” said Christ Curtis, owner of CC and Co. Dance Complex.

At the CC and Co. Dance Complex, DeBose trained as a dancer growing up.

“Our passion is finding each unique voice and showing them that they can forever find a place in the arts,” said Curtis.

DeBose’s photos and covers can be found around the dance studio. Curtis recalls how talented she was as a dancer, actress and singer. She knew she was destined for greatness as an entertainer.

Curtis has invited DeBose back to the dance studio to give encouraging talks to dancers like Samantha Taylor.

“She was one of the first people I thought I could really do if I really wanted to,” Taylor said.

Taylor also graduated from the CC and Co. Dance Complex and is also on the way to a professional dance career.

“To have someone who’s done exactly what you’ve done, to be able to achieve something so lofty and amazing, is really, really inspiring,” Taylor said.

This isn’t DeBose’s first win for her role as Anita on West Side Story. She won Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards.

“Hopefully I can achieve something like that. I definitely want to do the Oscars, that would be great,” Taylor said.

That’s the kind of big dreams Curtis likes to see in her dancers.

“Now they can see on a higher level that it’s possible to have this as a career. I think the most important thing is that they can make it big. Really big,” Curtis said.

It is the message that debose would like to convey to other artists and students.

“Now you see why Anita says, ‘I like being in America.’ Because even in this tired world we live in, dreams do come true,” DeBose said.

DeBose is the first Afro-Latina and openly LGBTQ actor to win in this category. She was previously nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Donna Summer in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.

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DUSTIN JONES

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