In the film “Bring It On” Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku argue over the merits of cheerleading:
“I’m a hardcore gymnast. No way jumping up and down yelling “Go Team Go!” is gonna satisfy me” claims Eliza’s character
“We’re gymnast except no beams, no bars, no vault.” counters Kristen.
This gutsy athleticism perfectly describes award-winning cheerleeder, 15 year-old Iby Lopez-Glynn from West Adams Avenues.
Gavin Glynn and his partner Juan Lopez began fostering Iby at age six and Gavin immediately enrolled him in three months of all style dance classes for $5 a month at “Everybody Dance”. Iby’s natural gifts became apparent and he went on to receive full scholarships from Crossroads Musical Theatre program, LA Brea Dance Academy and Lula Washington’s Studio.
After participating with The Towne Street Theater Youth Conservatory in their production of “The Wiz” at The Stella Adler Theater in Hollywood, and in “The Chocolate Nutcracker” at Glendale Community College, Iby got his first professional gig this past winter with the renowned Joffrey Ballet Co. at the Music Center’s production of “Cinderella”.
Despite all the kudo’s he has received as a dancer, Iby has his own ideas and his passion is clearly focused on his true love, cheerleading. Formally adopted by Gavin and Juan at 10 years old, Iby is now 15 and a current member of the world champion cheerleading team, the LA Dreams Allstars, a competitive cheer circuit squad comprised of students from various high schools. He has received medals in perfect toe touches and tucks/flips at the Sharp International Competition, and was recently selected out of thousands of cheerleaders at The American Cheerleading Competition to perform at the NFL Pro half-time next February ‘11 in Hawaii.
But he is a teen and his favorite pastimes are hanging with his three dogs and four older siblings, ipodding, shopping vintage, and giving back as a volunteer at Project Angel Food. His career goal is to become an entertainment attorney.
TNN cheers another hard working Neighborhood News Teen!
UPDATE AUG 2012 by Gavin Glynn
Iby trained at "Everybody Dance" with Luis Del Cid and I was the carpool dad for these two guys to go downtown to VAPA HS everyday before Luis left for PA. In the meantime, Iby competed against 5 solo finalist in Anaheim this past Spring 2012 including FL, OH, TX, AZ,and NOCA and he won the First Place as the National Champion of the The American Championships. Having support from the Neighborhood News keeps the fire in the belly of these young athletes/dancers. West Adams Got Talent!