Nisa Tatum – Maryland Nomination by Charlisa Tatum Photography by Jeri Tidwell Photography Issue 55 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Nisa is an inspiring teen because she is passionate in everything she does while representing young black girls and LGBT dancers everywhere. She is a gifted student at Carver Center in the dance prime and competes with the Turning Pointe Dance Academy competition team. She dances more than 15 hours a week, teaches young dancers, volunteers at the local animal shelter, and is an honor student. She set out with a goal of becoming a professional dancer. She auditioned last month for her dream school, Marymount Manhattan. She was accepted on the spot into their BFA dance program in choreography.
What should we know about you? My dance career within the dance industry as a black LGBT dancer to represent people of diversity in the dance world!
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? My mental illness battle has been one that wasn’t easy specifically when I was younger. Battling and preserving through my mental disorders is inspiring. Learning how to live healthily and helping others do the same specifically; young dancers.
If you were to present a topic to a group of your peers, what would it be and why? Think about how many Misty Copelands were undiscovered due to the fact they couldn’t pay money to collect dance training or go to dance conventions. Starting out I was one of those kids and could only afford one dance class a week. After I receive my degree in choreography BFA, I want to help inner city kids and open a dance convention catered to them. Everyone deserves an equal opportunity to experience dance.
Look for Nisa in issue 55 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!