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Meet Kaitlyn!

I'm so excited to introduce to you, Kaitlyn! This girl is on fire and you can feel the heat when you watch her dance.  Her spirit shines through every step and movement! When are you doing what you love, it truly shines from your soul and people can't help but notice.  

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My name is Kaitlyn Miller and I am currently 18 years old. I am a freshman in college at DeSales University in Center Valley PA. I am double majoring in dance and business and plan to attend graduate school for Dance Administration. I hope to work and teach at a college and own a studio on the side. I have been dancing since I was able to walk and competitively danced for 16 years before entering college. Dance has opened many doors for me and lead me to compete in pageants. After four years if hard work and determination I was crowned Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen 2012. Having this title, I was able to attend over 120 appearances and perform for thousands of people. Dance holds a special place in my heart and I hope to pass that along to others in the future.

 

What makes you shine? When do you glow?

I absolutely love performing on stage or even in class. I believe dance is a beautiful art to watch and I try to enlighten people about dance as much as possible. Dance has a unique power to capture audiences and I hope to have the opportunity to perform professionally in the future. I also have the opportunity to perform while competing in pageants, under the Miss America system, which has a huge spot in my heart that will never go away. Pageantry has taught me self-confidence and has provided me with skills in interview, modeling, and so much more. I feel I shine most when I am performing in front of a huge audience because I am able to leave my love for dance on the stage before them.

 

What do you LOVE to do? What is your passion?

Dance has been my passion since I have been 2 years old and I don’t think that will ever change. Dance is something that has been popular throughout my whole family, for many generations before me. I think it is a family tradition that no one can escape. I just simply love to dance! I get to dance every day of the week for about 7-8 hours a day. I believe attending DeSales was the best decision I have ever made! I also became a dance major so I can learn to appreciate the art of dance rather than just the competitive side and become more experienced in different styles such as West African which is not offered at many studios. It is very important to extend your studies and learn from new teachers and that is one reason why I chose DeSales. The faculty is very well-trained and the other dance majors are so friendly.

 

When are you the happiest?

I am happiest when I am in the studio working my hardest. I especially love staying after class to work on steps I am having trouble with. This makes me feel accomplished and hard work and dedication really pay off.

 

What inspires you?

I am inspired by so many things and people! The students and peers around me during class inspire me to keep working hard and push myself to limits. Past graduates inspire me to plan my future and have a backup plan prepared. Finally, my family inspires me to create big dreams and no matter what comes up just push through!

 

What is your big goal?

Some of my biggest goals that I am currently working towards is being cast in all our major shows, maintaining a GPA of an A or higher and staying involved in our clubs and organizations. These goals all deal with my schooling, but I also have a few goals outside of school. My main goals outside the classroom are to be a Disney Princess, become Miss Pennsylvania and work on a cruise ship. I am a very goal-oriented person because I feel they push me to keep working!

 

Who is your biggest influence?

My biggest influence would have to be my family because of their constant support. They are my backbone and help me accomplish all my goals in life! They always believe in me and are my biggest fans! I wouldn’t know what to do without my family!

Meet Dani!

dani I'm so excited to introduce to you my friend, Dani! She is such an inspiring runner and her passion for it exudes into all areas of her life.  She uses her beautiful gift and passion to truly make a difference in her own community, and that makes her presence so bright.  When are you doing what you love and letting that shape your community, it truly shines from your soul and people can't help but notice.

 Her Story:

Dani was born in Manhattan and has been chasing her dreams in NYC for the last 10 years! She is a second grade teacher at a public school on the upper west side, a Pilates instructor at Power Pilates in midtown east, an AADP certified holistic health coach/nutrition counselor, and a runner on the Central Park Track Club. As if she wasn't busy enough, she also is a Girls on the Run coach, a volunteer for Back on My Feet NYC (an organization that uses running as a tool to motivate people experiencing homelessness), and an essential community leader at lululemon athletica, 75th and Broadway.

 

What makes you shine? When do you glow?

Inspiring others to live a healthy, active lifestyle makes me shine. I glow when I hear stories from people who have bettered their lives exercise and eating healthy. I also glow when I make people laugh or smile. It feels so good to help other people realize their potential.

What do you LOVE to do? What is your passion?

I LOVE to run, it is my passion! There is nothing better then lacing up my sneakers and heading out for a solo run to clear my head or to meet running buddies for some miles and socializing. I love how running can be an individual and group sport at the same time. The best part about running is that it doesn't discriminate. Anyone can do it! I am also passionate about eating healthy, whole foods. Food is fuel. It is so important to put nutritious, real food into your body so it can thrive! I also love to dance because it is such a freedom of expression and it makes me feel free.

When are you the happiest?

I am happiest when I am taking care of my body by exercising, eating well, and getting enough sleep. I am also happiest when my friends and family are happy! Happiness is contagious :)

What inspires you?

My dreams inspire me! They keep me motivated and focused. My friends and family and friends also inspire me to work even harder because they are so amazing.

 

What is your big goal? Or one goal you would like to highlight?

I have many goals so it's hard to just pinpoint one, but for now I'd have to say that my big goal is to break 3:20 in the marathon distance (hopefully in 7 weeks at the Boston Marathon, ahh)! I have been chasing this goal for a few years and I WILL get there!

Who is your biggest influence?

My biggest influence is my mother. She is driven, hard working, intelligent, and goes after what she wants. She has always inspired me to be the best version of myself and to go after my dreams. My mom is my biggest supporter and has always been in my corner. I am so grateful and lucky to have her in my life.

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Are YOU doing what you love? Does your soul shine?

Tell me what makes you glow in the comments!  Every week, I will be featuring a new soulshine[r] and telling their story.

Do you know someone who’s soul shines? Nominate them by leaving a comment below!

 

 

Meet Nikki!

I am so excited to share with you the light and beauty of my friend Nikki!  Upon meeting her, you know she is up to something as she glows from the inside out.  When are you doing what you love, it shines from your soul (and people can't help but notice).

meet nikki

Her Story:

Originally from Rochester, Nikki moved to NYC when she was 18 years old.  She had to learn the ropes of how to get connected in the Broadway community and has now been a musical theatre performer for 17 years.  She has performed on Broadway and in National Tours, and has played all of the US in regional productions.  You may have seen her high kick at Radio City Music Hall  as a Rockette.  Nikki has danced with the Backstreet Boys, Jessica Simpson, and N’Sync. Now, she's transitioning out of the business and is working for Stage Door Connections, a career developing company that provides seminars and workshops to dancers and singers on how to perfect their craft.

What makes you shine?

Being on stage. There’s something about that feeling when I step foot onto a stage and can get lost in my dancing. It’s what gets me up in the morning and has always made me shine from within.

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When do you glow?

When I teach someone a show and see the progression in their learning. Having them come up to me and say “Thank You” and “I feel more confident”, always makes me glow.

What do you love to do?

Besides Dance….COOKING! I love and have the biggest passion for cooking. I’ve been in the kitchen learning from my Grandma and Mom since I was real little, and I love going home and cooking a meal for my boyfriend and I. I also LOVE going to cooking classes in the city and learning a new cuisine.

When are you the happiest?

Sunday night, at home with my boyfriend and our animals, enjoying a glass of wine, and watching Breaking Bad. Complete bliss.

What inspires you?

People who always want more with their career. I am  not a settler with any of my jobs. I always want more and try to surround myself with people who are always growing and learning.

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What is your big goal?

This is a personal BIG Goal: I travel to Europe by September 2014. I’ve never been to Europe and I can’t wait to take a trip!

Who is your biggest influence?

My boyfriend. He inspires me in so many ways. He has taught me so much about life and love, but has also influenced me to step out of my comfort zone and go after a new career.

 

 

 

 

leave your mark

Are YOU doing what you love? Does your soul shine?

Tell me what makes you glow in the comments!  Every week, I will be featuring a new soulshine[r] and telling their story.

Do you know someone who's soul shines? Nominate them by leaving a comment below!