CW: When did you decide to go into the business you are in?
“I knew at the age of 14 that I wanted to be a dance teacher and eventually own my own studio. Although I love performing, it is so very rewarding to share my passion and love for the art of dance with young dancers.”
CW: What habits do you implement in day-to-day life that you attribute to success?
“Practicing your trade is very important. One must stay up-to-date on trending dance movements in order to keep their dancers in the know and mainstream. Taking classes ourselves helps us to stay on top of that.”
CW: Tell us about how you grew up and what or who shaped you into the woman you are today.
“I grew up in Florence, South Carolina. After trying every sport, gymnastics, piano, etc. that a young girl could at that age, I watched the San Francisco Ballet perform Sleeping Beauty, a ballet in three acts, on PBS one evening with my mom. When it was over, I looked at her and told her that ballet was what I wanted to do. The next day, she picked me up from school with a leotard, tights and ballet shoes. Within two months, I was taking three ballet classes per week and started dancing en pointe at age 10. The following year, I was a youth ballet company member. I credit my ballet teacher, Barbara Counts, who set the greatest example for me as a young dancer. When I was old enough to help her with her younger classes, I assisted her in them and helped teach tiny dancers the fundamentals. She shaped me into the ballet and dance teacher I am today.”