Dance as Self Care

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I was born a dancer. I began dancing at an early age when my mother enrolled me in a ballet class at Lenhoff Dance Studio in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. I was trained in classical ballet for most of my childhood and teenage years. I was a dance major at Lincoln Park High School in Chicago and trained under the dynamic Cheryl McWhorter. A former dancer with Joseph Holmes dance company in Chicago.

Ms. Mac, as we affectionately called her was our Debbie Allen. Strong, defiant, passionate and determined to change the lives of her students. Everyday we trained under her, learning Martha Graham, ballet, tap and contemporary dance to perform in front of our student body and across the nation. Ms. Mac changed my life!

At 15 years old, I received a scholarship to attend Alvin Ailey Dance American Dance Theater summer intensive. Living in New York City as a teenager and seeing Judith Jamison, former Director of Alvin Ailey pass by me in the hallway as I practiced my pirouettes is a moment in my life that I will never forget. Although I no longer dance professionally, dance for me is like breathing fresh air from a perfumed summer breeze. I dance to LIVE.

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