Kiersten Emily Walko was a dancer of the Dance Explosion Studio and family for several years. Just like to so many, the studio was her second home.
On 10/28/17, officers responded to a pedestrian struck in the 7900 block of WB&A Road near Thompson Road in Severn, MD. Kiersten was rushed to shock trauma where she later passed from her injuries on 11/1/17. The hit and run driver did not remain at the scene and is still at large. We ask that you continue to keep her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Kiersten was a beautiful soul and will never be forgotten. We ask you to keep her name out there and please keep her memory alive. By doing so, we’ve created a Scholarship in her name.
This Scholarship is awarded to a DEI dancer who exemplifies the characteristics of Kiersten and who strives for excellence in the following areas;
The recipient will be given $500.00 towards their next dance season. Each year at the recital we will recognize the new recipient.
The recipient will also participate in Share the Love event organized by Brandy Supik. STL was close to Kiersten’s heart and she was always involved in giving back to her community. On March 2, Regan and the rest of the studio will participate in this event. If you’re interested in participating, donating or have any questions about the event, please ask Ms. Lauren. We’d love to have you join us!
The 2019 Recipient; Maggie Ginn!
At our 2018 Dance Recital, Our first recipient of the Kiersten Emily Walko Scholarship was awarded to Regan Gardner.
Regan, we’re so proud of you in all of your accomplishments. Keep reaching for your dreams!
Kiersten will be greatly missed and will forever be remembered at our studio and in our hearts.