I first taught Kara in ballet when she was a young girl. Since then, I have also been her hip hop, jazz and acrobatics teacher. She has performed in many of my Dansations and Nutcracker pieces. I have always enjoyed working with Kara. She commits and shows up, puts the hard work in to all she does and always seeks out new opportunities for growth. She brings a helpful, patient and positive attitude to all my classes and rehearsals. She was a first pick as one of my assistants in acrobatics last year. Kara is a patient and exceptional leader with the younger students! What is special about Kara? Kara is kind- kind to everyone and everything. This kindness translates into beauty when she dances. She can be a powerhouse one moment and then switch to softness in another. She has a big heart and shares it with her younger sister, her classmates and the students in which she assists. The dance world is so lucky to have this sweet soul as a part of it. I am fortunate to get to be one of her teachers.
Dance to me is not just something I do for fun, I do it because I love it. It is something that I can work on continuously and something I can excel at. I love that when I dance I can become a new person, a free spirit. When I dance I file like I can rule the world and conquer any emotion, a moment of peace, a joyful excitement, energized or relaxed.
I love that after a performance people tell me that I made them happy and that they want to be just like me someday. That just makes my heart melt. In The Nutcracker I played the Court Mistress. It was the best role I have ever played. After the last show was over, a girl I used to teach came up to me and said, "I loved you in this part. When I get older I want to be Court Mistress just like you." Inspiring others through dance is definitely worth all the hard work and effort and it reminds me that dance is not just about me, it is about others. I'm not sure where dance will take me, but I hope it will be something I enjoy forever. -Kara Mickel