Lauren Twomey, MYB Dancer

My name is Lauren Twomey and I am currently a senior at Kimberly High School. In the upcoming spring performance, I will dance alongside Bree Brzezinski, the other senior in the company, one last time.

My mother wanted me to be involved in some sort of group activity from a young age. And like most children, this meant sports and music classes. I excelled in my music classes, enjoying the sounds and the opportunity to move to a rhythm. I tried my share of sports, but was told that I simply twirled around the field and picked dandelions! So in connecting my desire to move and the adoration I had developed for music, I was enrolled in dance classes at the age of three and have not stopped since. I started my training at the Kim Janssen School of Dance and eventually transitioned to the world of competitive dancing. I have trained in several genres including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, and modern. At some point in this experience, I felt as though I wasn’t achieving my fullest artistic abilities. This is when I discovered that dance was my true passion. Through word of a friend, I chose to audition for The Makaroff School of Ballet. I remember my first class at the studio to be nerve-racking, but I felt as though I belonged. The other girls were nice and Ms. Makaroff was challenging as well as nurturing. I have been a part of The Makaroff School of Ballet and the Makaroff Youth Ballet for six years collectively, beginning at the age of 12. Having been trained at a competitive school that focuses primarily on the flashiness of the dances, I was very behind on my classical basic technique. I continued competitive dance for 3 years after I began training under Jeanette, and my dance skills had visibly improved. When I was accepted into the company at Makaroff’s, I made the decision to quit competitive dancing and pursue ballet full time.

I knew that ballet was something I loved to do and I found so much pleasure in being able to create such beauty in the form of movement. It was an escape coming to the studio everyday from all else that I had going on in my life.

Looking back on the young dancer I was then, to whom I have been shaped into now, makes me very proud. I have always been encouraged to challenge myself by my friends and fellow classmates, and have been so carefully guided by Jeanette so that I am able to attain the highest quality of ballet that I know I am capable of. I would never have known about the vast and exciting world of ballet if I hadn’t taken that first placement class and joined Ms. Makaroff and her studio. I have been a part of several Makaroff productions including the Nutcracker, Appalachian Spring, Holly and Ivy, and many more. Each time I performed a piece, I was able to create a new emotion and character out of the steps I was given. It has always been so magical.

My plans for next year are to attend Carroll University with a major in Exercise Science and work towards my Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I plan to keep music and dance parts of my life as I will be involved in choir at school, as well as theater and dance. The influence that The Makaroff School of Ballet and The Makaroff Youth Ballet have had on my life has been so positive and the art of ballet has taught me to be a strong yet always graceful person, no matter what steps I have to take to take to achieve my goal, both on my own and in a group. I have so much to be thankful for including all of my beautiful friends at the studio as well as my family for giving me the opportunity to live my dream. Leaving this studio will be so hard for me but I know that I will always have a home here.

Lauren Twomey
MYB Company Dancer, Senior

Photo: Ash & Ember, www.ashandember.com

One thought on “Lauren Twomey, MYB Dancer

  1. Ron & Eileen Kuehl

    Lauren, What a beautiful young woman you have become both inside and out. We have seen you grow over the years and have enjoyed your wonderful smile, grace and confidence. Our regret of course is not to have seen you dance as you were getting older and accomplished in ballet.

    Ron and I wish you all the Blessings in your choice of school for your future preparations of life as you attend Carroll College. We wish you the very best and hope to see you again at the 4th of July party, if not before then.

    Peace and Love, Eileen & Ron

    P.S. Your writing was so beautiful you could also be a writer!!

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