Dance has taught me discipline, dedication, self-confidence, and respect for myself and others. Along with physical aspects such as poise, grace, and posture, I believe dance is a form of therapy in itself. Moving to a song that you can personally relate to can help reduce stress and provide an escape from life’s hardships.
Growing up, I was given so many priceless opportunities at the Dance Center. I traveled to New York and danced at the Radio City Music Hall with the Rockets. On weekends, I traveled there for workshops and classes. I was Clara, the lead in the Nut Cracker, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in a different performance. I was given lead roles in 42 Street and Oliver Twist.
I was also cast as a dancer in many other musicals, including The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, South Pacific, Anne, and West Side Story. I’ve also performed at multiple amusement parks, festivals, competitions, and local community events.
As time went on, I had the opportunity to work with multiple theater groups and schools in surrounding areas. I’ve choreographed productions of Pippin, Joseph, Aida, Hairspray, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley. These memories will always be very close to my heart.