The proof is in the pudding. Just last year in Chicago the team competed in the Monsters dance competition but didn't place. This year, they took second and that's how they qualified to compete in LA, where they'll go up against the best of the best.
“For us to be in that same arena is just mind blowing," said Cedric Gardner.
But aiming high is also something Gardner, the dance instructor, expects from his students. That's why he reminds them each day, nothing is impossible.
"Don't feel like a goal is too big," Gardner said.
"If it's really really big, you might have to have more steps, but have that action plan leading up to the goal," he continued.
The trip for the teens was made possible through sponsors and donations. The team leaves for LA Sunday.