Miriam Bates

Mercer • Pennsylvania

Story

I have a dance story that defies the mold of most dancers. I didn't seriously start taking dance classes until I was 11/12. Although I did not have "classical" dance training I have been dancing since birth. While watching old Fred Astair and Judy Garland films I would sing and dance along. We would put on a VHS tapes to practice ballet technique such as "I am a ballerina now", Barbie "Twelve dancing Princesses", and many others. Other influences was the many classic musicals we watched along with listening to classic ballet tracks like "the Nutcracker" and watching Olympic skaters. I stayed active playing sports and taking gymnastics classes, but one day I decided that I wanted to take dance classes. Though I had no idea the journey it would take me on I knew I was excited. After three years of great Cecchetti and tap training my dance teacher invited my sister and I to join her Junior Performance Company at Crossroads. We did! Through those classes i learned self-awareness, musicality, true feelings, and most importantly health. once I hit puberty I gained some weight and it just got worse and so did my stomach problems. I would spend endless hours curled up sick at home, but would get myself together and go to dance where my teachers encouraged and gave me advice. Without their love and support getting my health back would have been much more difficult. I learned how even some extra weight and health issues cant restrict you from what you are meant to do. To this day my teachers are a great support. Due to circumstance i had to quite performance company to finish high-school but I have kept dancing. I still competed this year with a solo and won 1st place and highest score in my category which would not have been possible without the help and support of my teachers and family. I dont know where my dance journey will lead me, but I know it will be a good one.