SB Art: Shreveport Ballerina Micah Kenyan
Kenyan has spent the last two years dancing with the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet and scored merit on her very final Academy of Dance exam, which is from London, England.
Born in Tulsa but raised a Louisiana girl in Benton, Micah Kenyan is the epitome of what a ballerina should be. Elegant, graceful and obviously passionate about her love of dance, Kenyan is an 18-year-old, homeschooled sweetheart who expresses herself primarily through the art of ballet. She began by watching her older sister flourish as a dancer and, at five-years-old, decided that she wanted to be just like her big sister. So, she began dancing as well.
Kenyan enjoys all types of dance including contemporary, jazz and modern, but ballet holds a special place in her heart and will always be her favorite style. She’s spent the last two years dancing with the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet and scored merit on her very final Academy of Dance exam, which is from London, England. She’s completed all of her examinations now and is on the faculty at Shreveport Dance Academy. She now teaches dance to children.
For the second year, she is competing for the Youth America Grand Prix, which is a national ballet competition that awards scholarships and contracts to professional dancers. Kenyan was thrilled to have been cast as the Snow Queen in 2015’s production of The Nutcracker and hopes to land the role again this year.
Kenyan spends at least eight hours a day dancing during the week and also dances on the weekends. She is also very involved in church as her parents have been pastors for 17 years.
“With dancing, you only have your body to use,” Kenyan said. “When you accomplish something that you’ve been working toward, it feels really good because no one can get you to do what you want to do accept yourself. No one can get you to reach the goal that you have other than your own body.”
This year’s Nutcracker production will be on Dec. 9-11 at the RiverView Theater in Shreveport. The show will feature the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and guest performers from the Boston Ballet. Purchase tickets by going to www.shreveportmetroballet.org or calling 318.221.8500.