By LOUISE OLSEN, Associated Press WriterFor years, Tamika Mallsory has been a big fan of the dance craze that has swept the country.
She says her dad is an avid dancer, and that he has taught her some basic moves, such as the backflip and the dance move, in the past.
The 17-year-old has taken to the dance-inspired pop culture that her parents, John and Melissa Mallory, have embraced.
They live in the small town of Roseville, about 30 miles north of Sacramento, and have embraced their daughter’s passion.
Tamika loves to dance, and her parents say she has a great sense of style.
Her dad, who plays the clarinet in a rock band, says the teenager is very talented.
“I just love her dancing, and she loves to do it.
I love the fact that she’s so passionate about it,” he said.”
She doesn’t want to just be a good student.
She wants to be an amazing person, and a really, really good person.”
But the teen is getting into a bit of trouble.
Her mother says she has been accused of dancing in front of other children.
Tamiko says she wants to keep dancing, but she is being teased for being a bit too talented.
She has been the target of hate and bullying since she was a toddler.
“It’s not cool that my family is being attacked and made fun of because they’re good parents and they care about my little sister and they want to help her,” she said.
She says the bullying has started as a reaction to the teen dancing in public and she has received death threats.
“If someone can’t get over it, they’re just a coward,” she added.
But Tamika says she feels more comfortable now, and has no plans to change her lifestyle.
“There’s no way I want to go back to my old ways.
I’m going to continue to do my little girl things,” she explained.”
My life is in the hands of the people who love her, and I just want to be able to do them.
And I want my little girls to be good, and we can all do our part.”
Tamika’s mom says her daughter will continue to pursue her passion for dance, but it will be more focused on helping others.
“The beauty of dance is that you can do it and it’s fun and it can make people feel good.
It’s not going to take you to heaven or anywhere else,” she says.