Ask anyone on campus if they’ve heard of Christina Davis, and chances are you’ll get a positive answer. Davis recently entered and won the “Lens on Talent” dance competition on the Black Entertainment Network (BET).
When the competition kicked off, thousands of individuals submitted videos of their talents. The network narrowed them down to the top 100, then top 25, top 10, top 3 and then the winner.
“A friend had suggested that I enter the competition,” said Davis, a Junior communications studies major and dance minor. “I never thought I would get picked out of the thousands of videos submitted. I’m so grateful.”
Like most children, 4-year-old Davis loved to dance around the house. She then began taking dance lessons at 12.
“When I dance, I get to show a bigger and more aggressive side of my personality,” she said. “I’m naturally a soft spoken and timid person. Dance is my outlet.”
It isn’t hard to realize this. Sitting face-to-face with Davis you are sitting with a bubbly and infectious, yet humble and soft spoken personality. Watching her dance, she is a completely different person. Confident, aggressive, sassy, and chic; you would hardly recognize her.
Aside from dance, Davis also has a passion for fashion and is involved in “Vice Versa,” a modeling and fashion group on campus.
“About a year ago I was in a competition for New York Fashion week,” said Davis. “I made it into the top 4 and was supposed to go to New York City for the final competition, but couldn’t make it because of my classes.”
It was this disappointing situation that led Davis to decide never to let an opportunity like that pass her by again.
“That’s what made me decide to join the Len’s on Talent competition,” she said, showing a glimpse of that hard side of her personality. “I wasn’t going to let this chance get away from me.”
Originally from Philadelphia, Davis, came to BU for the smaller atmosphere.
“I love knowing everyone,” she said. “I’m really close with all of my professors and I love how nice everyone is. Coming from Philly, that’s all really refreshing.”
She went on to say how that atmosphere has been especially helpful with this completion.
“Everyone has been so supportive. Even my professors are showing the video in classes and telling the students to vote. It’s been incredibly overwhelming…I’ve been crying so much because I’m just so happy and grateful,” She said, starting to tear up. “Look at me! I’m going to start crying just talking about it.”
The winner of the competition and the $10,000 grand prize was announced on Oct. 3. Davis shares her experience:
“Words couldn’t express my feelings when the judges announced my name. The comments that they said about me were very motivational and brought me to tears. I will always remember how much support I had and am beyond thankful for the fact that people actually took the time out to vote.”
Of course, winning the competition was great for Davis. But the money isn’t what’s important.
“I really just want to get my name out there. I’m hoping this will open a lot of doors for me. I would love to dance for Chris Brown. I’ve been tweeting him (@chrisbrown) like crazy trying to get him to watch my video,” she laughs.
While it seems almost everyone on campus was on board and supporting her, she isn’t the kind of person to let it go to her head.
“I was never like ‘I got this’ or ‘There’s no way I’ll lose’…I was always very insecure. This is a great achievement, and I’ll continue to never give up.”
— C.J. Shultz, junior