Dance Student Spotlight Naomi King
Meet Naomi King, 10, from Maryland where she dances at Dance Expressions.
Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started dance when I was 3 years old and dance was something that I hated but then I loved it as soon as I had my first recital because performing in front of everyone was just an amazing time. But, when I was in 3rd grade I quit dance for a year to try out some sports like basketball, soccer, and softball. But then I started dance again in 4th grade but by then I had lost the majority of my skills and I had lost my flexibility. I was really upset that I had quit for a year but I continued to work hard and recently I was asked to join my Dance Studio’s Company team and I’ve gotten all my skills back and I’m proud of where I am today and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Things haven’t always been easy for me, I always like to be challenged but sometimes I feel like giving up but then I remember that things will always get better and I keep going.
What personal limitations if any did you go through in your young career?
Some personal limitations I’ve gone through are some people telling me that I should quit dance and do something different because dance isn’t for me and that I should stop trying.
Has anybody ever tried to limit you on what you could do? If so how did you fight it?
Yes, people have tried limited me on what I could do but I just kept working hard and achieved my dreams.
How do you conquer negative talk?
Whenever I hear negative talk or rude things that are being said about me I just ignore it and let myself know that it’s not true.
What is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi.
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
My dream is to become a choreographer when I’m older and become a professional dancer. I can’t wait to see what the future holds!😊💓