Maya Douglas – Ohio Nomination by Rachael Stout Photography by 12.9 Photography Issue 49 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Maya is an extremely talented dancer that excels academically and manages a rigorous dance schedule at The School for Creative and Performing Arts and Midwest Elite Dance Center. I love seeing her confidence and maturity captured by Maria at 12.9 Dance Photography. Maya makes me proud every single day; by pushing herself, not allowing her race to define her technical ballet skills and staying true to who she is. She is paving the way for even more diversity in dance, and I love being her biggest cheerleader.
What would you like to talk about? My mom, support system, how long I have been dancing and why I love it.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? My mom is a single mom that has made it possible for me to follow my dreams of dancing. I started dancing at age 2 and have danced competitively since I was 6. In addition to dancing competitively, I have attended the School for Creative and Performing Arts since Kindergarten. I have always wanted to be on stage, so we moved to the CPS school district so I could get the best ballet instruction. I love dance and have the best support system from my family.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be on and why? Be true to yourself. I would talk about growing up as one of a few black dancers at my studio and being surrounded by more black dancers at my school in Cincinnati. I wish we saw more black dancers at competitions and on stages for professional ballet. I do not let my race effect my dance or the styles I perform. Find your style and strengths; but work hard to do all styles so you grow.
Look for Maya in issue 49 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!