Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Full Circle

I wrote my college admission essay about the movie Center Stage. My favorite dance scene was the one at jazz class where they danced to “Higher Ground,” choreographed by the legendary Susan Stroman. I must have watched Center Stage at least monthly my senior year of high school. We even did a Pointe piece that year to “Canned Heat,” complete with red, glittery pointe shoes. Around this time, my mom took me to Lincoln Center to see Julie Kent and Ethan Stiefel in Gisele. I was so inspired to work my butt off to succeed as a performer. 

Fast forward to 2015...This was the year that I auditioned for Lyric Opera of Chicago and Susan Stroman selected me to perform her choreography in The Merry Widow. I will never forget the day I found out and one of my greatest dreams was realized. In 2017, I had the opportunity to work with her again on The Merry Widow at The Metropolitan Opera. This week, I get to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the film by taking class from Stro and learning some of the choreo. I am so excited!

I am forever grateful for Center Stage, which inspired me to reach for the stars even when they felt too far away. I am also very appreciative of those who have given me training, knowledge, or opportunities to shine. I have found my place and friends amongst the dance community just like the stars of the movie did. I get to say that my childhood dreams came true. Never never never give up and please support the arts! This isn’t just a hobby or career to us. It’s life. Can't wait to dance the shit out of it! #strogirl 

With the amazing Susan Stroman at The Merry Widow
Opening Night Party- Lyric Opera of Chicago 

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