I HAPPENED UPON DANCE almost by accident. Determined to become a world class competitive gymnast, I picked up a ballet class once a week to compliment my gym training in seventh grade. One ballet class led to two, two led to four plus a jazz class, and soon there wasn’t enough time for everything. Fully intending to return to gymnastics in the summer, I took a “break” from my gym to explore other avenues of dance. I never returned.
Through high school I trained heavily in dance, including rigorous pre-professional semesters, while simultaneously maintaining above a 4.0 in the International Baccalaureate academic program. I also became an active member of the school’s choir and drama club and performed in their performances of Crazy For You and Jekyll and Hyde.
Despite a desire to nurture academic interests alongside a fiery passion for dance, I chose to pursue a conservatory dance program, knowing that for dance to be a career and not a hobby, it requires full time training and attention. It was the best decision I could have made. The University of the Arts B.F.A. program was not only a deep dive into ballet, modern, jazz, and tap; but also an education in performance, creative expression, and the professional world.
During my time as a student, I auditioned for Alchemy Dance Company under the direction of Amy Harding and accepted an offer for apprenticeship, and was later promoted to company member. With ADC, I grew more as a contemporary and technical dancer than I could have imagined.
I graduated from The University of the Arts with a B.F.A. in dance performance in three and a half years. During my final semester I successfully auditioned for Celebrity Cruises and was offered a contract as a Specialty Production Cast Dancer and Aerialist onboard the Celebrity Equinox. I performed jazz and theater dance as well as unharnessed static trapeze in the ship’s resident shows. Soon after I successfully auditioned for Norwegian Cruise Line and joined the NCL Pearl to perform as the West Coast feature role in an adaptation of the Broadway musical Swing!. Swing dancing and being onstage are my two favorite things in the world (well, and avocados), so the experience of performing in Swing! was an absolute dream.