When searching for the right theme for her competitive performance, then-14-year-old Tylar Olsen knew it had to be personal. A suggestion from her mom Andrea led to a moving tribute to the police force.
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Why a theme about the police? It turns out that Tylar’s uncle is a policeman… and if Sergeant Kevin Norris became misty-eyed while watching his niece, we really can’t blame him. What Tylar managed to do on stage was truly remarkable.
For her police-themed performance, Tylar danced to the poignant spoken word poem “Policeman.” The work is famously narrated by legendary radio broadcaster Paul Harvey.
For added emotional weight, there was an officer standing at the far end of the stage.
The choice of using the spoken word over music was both deliberate and impactful. By removing the distraction of music, we’re left to connect the words with the movement. They really help drive home the point of Tylar’s gripping performance.
We won’t spoil the dramatic conclusion to the teenager’s incredible performance, but we challenge you to watch it and not be moved. Andrea uploaded her daughter’s dance to YouTube, and the video has more than 1.5 million views.
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