Dance helps teen during tough moments

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Franklin Central junior Taylor Mohn is one of Turning Pointe Academy of Dance’s finest, even having the winning duet at Nationals this year.

“Taylor’s amazing,” said Jen Rivers, owner of Turning Pointe. “She’s a beast, meaning she’s really good.”

“Dance just means everything to me, because it’s just a way that you don’t think about what you’re going through at that moment,” said Mohn.

And there’s a lot for Taylor to escape; her mother has been battling breast and lung cancer for the past 15 years.

“I was 8-months-old when she was first diagnosed, so I have really grown up with it,” said Mohn. “It’s hard at times because, I don’t know, you just think that they may not be there for all this big stuff that’s going to happen.”

“Taylor is a pillar of strength. She’s an amazing little girl,” said Rivers. “She knows when she comes in here, she’s surrounded by love and that everybody is going to be there rooting for her and her mom.”

This studio has dealt with this all before, with the mother of Taylor’s duet partner Katie. Jenny died back in May after battling breast cancer. It was only days after watching her daughter dance for the last time at Nationals.

“We knew it was going to be the last time she was ever going to see us dance,” said Mohn. “We just wanted to do our best for her and blow her away and just really make her happy.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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