meet mackenzie

phrase that inspires you: b • kind 

It is my goal, every single day, to make someone else’s load a little lighter, their smile a little brighter, and their good days even better. Life isn’t always easy, we all have some days that are better than others – but with each other, every day can be one of improvement, fulfillment, and JOY. My motto: Do small things with GREAT love.

what inspired you to start dancing?

I have never found any other feeling that matches hours of hard work and training, that result in a successful performance. As a kid, I was fairly quiet and shy. I started ballet & tap as a 3 year old, like most little girls. But as I grew older, I found that dancing was a way for me to express and understand my emotions, and find that I actually did have a voice, and an opinion to share. Through dancing, I came to know my myself, and also learned to respect and treat myself, and others, well.

what keeps you motivated?

Goals. Writing down what I would like to accomplish, short term and long term, keeps me focused on where I want to end up, and it makes it easier to stay on track to get there.


awards/recognitions:

  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Stars at Sea Performer

  • Scholarship performer in New York, NY at New York City Dance Alliance

  • Title winner at various competitions (Miss. Spotlight, Adrenaline, NYCDA, Jump, & others)

 

trained in which dance genres? 

  • ballet

  • jazz

  • hip hop

  • lyrical

  • modern

  • pom

  • tap

why do you want to teach dance?

Dancing is something that has made a great impact in my life, and it is something that I can hold onto and love forever. It is easy for me to want to create an environment for other dancers to gain that same love and appreciation for dance. It is also a fun way to learn to take care of, and respect, your body.


why do you teach at Studio b?

I teach at Studio b because they welcomed me with open arms. Moving from across the country was a scary thing - from day one, I felt at home and knew that I would find valuable friendships here. I love the positive, and always encouraging environment that this space provides, to dancers as well as the staff.

 

fun facts:

I grew up in Denver, Colorado and moved to northern Utah in 2012, when I was 18 to attend Utah State University. There, I was a member of the Aggiette dance team for 3 years and was able to perform in many different college and professional sports arenas. I graduated in 2017 with my degree in Kinesiology and Health Science – Physical Education emphasis. This summer, I got married and moved here to Indiana, for my husband to earn his Masters Degree at Purdue. Aside from dancing - I love being outdoors, riding my bike, hiking, cooking/baking, and being with my family.

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