Hobbs Waters is an eleven year old from Portland, Oregon, he has been dancing since he was seven years old. Dance is everything to this young artist, Hobbs trains six days a week at Classical Ballet Academy. Training primarily in classical ballet but also contemporary, modern, jazz, and hip- hop. Hobbs long term goal is to be a principle dancer in the Cuban National Ballet. Focused on training for his end goal, Hobbs was accepted into twelve summer intensive programs across the country. Being that his age limits him from most long programs, Hobbs has committed to two two week programs. The first being Nutmeg Conservatory in Torrington, CT, and the second being the Nashville Ballet in Nashville, TN. Hobbs mostly self funds his dance education via scholarships and selling his pen and ink art, as well as his own t-shirt designs online at www.citytroll.com and at local festivals and markets. In addition to continuing t-shirt and art sales Hobbs is also looking to his community to help bridge the gap. Hobbs has partnered with IABD to take tax deductible donations to go towards his dance education, particularly for summer intensive travel and lodging.