Today we’d like to introduce you to Mikayla Williams.
Hi Mikayla, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have always loved to dance for as long as I can remember. I was always performing, even if it was just for my stuffed animals. When I was 10, my mom took me to my first hip-hop class at an actual dance studio. I was so nervous but excited at the same time. I knew at that moment that this was the place for me. I looked forward to that one class every Saturday.
I remember my instructor asking to speak with my mom to suggest that she enroll me into an advanced hip hop class taught by Anthony Redd Williams. He also encouraged me to audition for the hip hop company. I didn’t think I was ready for that, but I did it! That one hip hop class increased to multiple classes, including jazz, tap, modern, and ballet. I would later focus the most on hip hop, but jazz and tap are close seconds.
I also began to attend Redd’s drop-in night classes, taking private lessons with him or Jasmine Spencer, traveling to dance conventions, dancing in stage performances, and concept videos. I had finally found my lane, my people. I didn’t feel like I had to fit into anyone else’s box. I finally created my own. Finding myself through dance has changed my life. I can’t imagine where I would be without it or the family I have gained from it.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Well, I’d say I’ve had a couple of challenges: remaining confident and persevering through my shoulder injury. My confidence sometimes waivers. It’s just something that comes and goes. I wish I had some great advice about overcoming those negative thoughts. I just practice more and try to stay positive.
Before two major shows, I suffered a labreal tear in my right shoulder. I had a decision to make. Under the care of my doctor and physical therapist, I performed in one of those shows. When the show wrapped, I had surgery to repair the tear. The first ever Kode Redd show was in six months, and I was terrified that I wouldn’t be released in time. Oh, but I made it! I didn’t miss a rehearsal, even while wearing a sling for four weeks. I gave my post-surgery physical therapy my all and now I’m back and stronger than ever.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m an artist. My number one passion is dance. I’m proud of my growth as a dancer and the relationships I’ve built through dance. It’s important to remain humble and constantly be a student.
How do you define success?
I define success as simply being happy with what you have accomplished in life.
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