Six is a lucky number for an 8-year-old McDonough girl.

Gift of Dance Studio teacher Keila Harvey said a friend acted as go-between for Columbus, Ohio-based Dreadhead Films, who had put out a casting call.

According to a news release, the company needed a dancer with “phenomenal skills” to appear in a “Sesame Street” film short about the number 6.

“Immediately, I chose one of my students, Atira Lawrence,” Harvey said in a statement.

The teacher said Atira taped the show in late December and it will air on HBO, then on “Sesame Street” during the 2018-19 season.

Atira called the experience “crazy” and “cool,” from her first airplane ride to the moments in front of the cameras.

“It was fun because I got to dance,” she said.

When the finished product airs, it will mark Atira’s small-screen debut.

“I’ve never been on TV before and I can’t wait to see it,” she said.

There is more the tiny dancer wants to see, as well.

“I look forward to traveling the world and dancing all over the world,” Atira said. “I want to be famous!”

She may well be on her way, according to her mother, LaTosha Lawrence, who is a proud dance mom.

“I'm amazed at her God-given talent and I’m excited that all of our hard work is paying off,” Lawrence said. “I look forward to booking more jobs and watching her live out her dream.”

She said she is thankful for all the dance instructors at the McDonough studio and how the “wonderful and thrilling experience” brightened the holidays.

“I was so excited when Keila called and asked if Atira would be interested in filming,” Lawrence said. “I wanted to keep it a surprise, so I told her Christmas morning.”

Harvey said Atira is a member of the studio’s competition dance team, which vies for titles February through June.

The studio will wrap up its season with two performances of its annual recital, “Dance! An Evening at the Movies,” June 2 at the Henry County Performing Arts Center, 31 Lemon St., McDonough.



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