Jordan Matter, courtesy Phoenix Sutch

Why You Should Know Captivating Comp Queen Phoenix Sutch

With her confident smile, insane flexibility, and razor-sharp execution, Phoenix Sutch instantly commands every stage she sets foot on. At just 13 years old, Phoenix has already worked with her dance idols Andy Pellick and Joey Dowling, and has won the titles of National Mini Female Outstanding Dancer at New York City Dance Alliance Nationals in 2017 and First Runner-Up National Junior Female Outstanding Dancer in 2019. She's also a BLOCH Young Artist and an Ambassador for Jo + Jax.

The young dancer definitely isn't slowing down anytime soon: She plans to continue training, especially in ballet, and attending conventions around the country.

Fast Facts

Full name: Phoenix Alexa Sutch

Age: 13

Birthday: September 5, 2006

Hometown: Warren, OH

Trains at: Krystie's Dance Academy in Warren, OH (run by her mother, Krystie!)

Three words to describe her dancing: Powerful, graceful, expressive

Favorite thing about dance: "Being able to express my feelings and tell stories"

Favorite styles: Contemporary and lyrical

Nondance hobbies: "Traveling, especially going to Disney World!"

Phoenix performing at New York City Dance Alliance (Evolve Photo, courtesy Phoenix)

Favorite movie/TV show: "'Friends', and all the Disney movies"

Place she'd love to visit: Paris, France

Best piece of advice: "My favorite quote is by Walt Disney: 'If you can dream it, you can do it.' I live by that statement!"

Future dance goals: "I hope to go to college in NYC and one day be on Broadway."

Dream superpower: Invisibility

Surprising fact about her: "I'm a vegetarian."

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