November 2016 Featured DancerTessa Miracle
This month we are featuring 12yr old Tessa Miracle. She is from Green, Ohio, and dances at 8 Count Dance Studio. We recently interviewed Tessa and are happy to share her story. Enjoy 🙂
DA: How old were you when you started dancing?
Tessa: I was 5 years old.
DA: What studio do you currently dance at?
Tessa: 8 Count Dance in Green, Ohio
DA: What is your favorite dance style?
Tessa: Contemporary, but I love all styles and train in ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and acro.
DA: Who has been the most inspirational teacher that you have had and why?
Tessa: Cat Cogliandro because she is very passionate about dance and teaches everyone to be yourself no matter what that self is. She believes that dance is about musicality and story telling and not just about who can put their leg in the air the highest. She encourages everyone to work together for a better dance community and to always put your heart into your dancing.
DA: What obstacles have you had to overcome in order to keep dancing?
Tessa: I have dyslexia and school is a challenge and assignments take me longer than other kids, so I sometimes have to stay up extra late getting homework done after dance. This is hard since I dance from immediately after school until 9 pm. I know that if I want a career in dance though, school is just as important as training so I work extra hard to get everything done.
DA: What do you do when you feel as though you want to give up?
Tessa: I take a deep breath and think of my dream of being a dancer and know that hard work is what I have to do to reach that dream. I realize it won’t be easy so I remind myself that when it’s hard it means I am learning something new.
DA: What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given during your dance career?
Tessa: Always be yourself and hard work pays off if you always work hard. Also to always dance to your fullest even if you feel “silly” because that is you and there is never anything wrong with being you.
DA: What do you foresee yourself doing with dance in the future?
Tessa: Moving to LA and working in either a company or in commercial dance. I want to dance until I can’t anymore and then I want to become a choreographer and watch other people make my art.
Thanks so much Tessa for sharing your story with us!! Leave a comment and say hi to Tessa our featured dancer for November!