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Dancer Spotlight: Mira Nair

By on Jun 18, 2014

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Meet Mira Nair

Mira has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and lyrical.  She competed nationally in ballet, jazz and lyrical for 7 years and graduated to pointe ballet at the age of 15. Through her training at Mission Dance and Performing Arts, she has had the opportunity to perform at various notable venues including a half time show at an NBA playoff game. Mira also led and choreographed for the Bollywood team KYA from 2004 – 2007 while studying at the University of California, San Diego.

 

We Interviewed Mira…

IMG_22301.     What is your dance background?

I remember watching a ballet performance on TV at the age of 4 and telling my mom that I  wanted to be a ballerina.  After weeks of convincing, she put me in my first ballet class in Singapore.  I never looked back.  I trained in ballet and jazz, and competed locally and nationally through the dance studio that I was a part of in California.  I graduated to pointe ballet as a teenager.  It is one of my greatest accomplishments to date although my toes have never recovered =).  I then led and choreographed for the collegiate Bollywood dance troupe at UCSD.

2.     Tell Us About Your First Dance Performance.

I was probably 5 or 6 at a ballet recital.  I felt like a swan.

©Carlton S. Chotalal Jr.3.     Why SA?

I watched Sa perform at their showcase last year and was really drawn to the music, the movement, and the intricacy of the choreography.

4.     Who are your role models?

My mom.  She has always been supportive of my dreams and is my #1 fan.  She will undoubtedly be the loudest person in the audience!

5.     Will you be dancing at 80?

Absolutely! At the very least at home, in front of my mirror to Beyonce’s greatest hits.

6.     If you were stuck in a room and could only do one dance move over and over again what would it be?

I sincerely hope this never happens, but I’d probably use the time to practice my Fouettés en tournant which is French for those really fancy ballet spins on one leg.

7.     One word that describes dance to you.

Passionate.  I live, work, love, eat, breathe and of course dance with passion.  There is no other way.