MICHAEL PHILIPS

Carol Anglin Dancenter

BIO 2005:

Being 2000-01 Junior Male DOTY certainly changed my life! I had attended only a couple of dance conventions before the life changing Nationals and, at the time, I was more serious about soccer and basketball than I was about dance. I took advantage of the unbelievable opportunity and I traveled to 19 Tremaine conventions that first year. I enjoyed the challenge, the encouragement and the “corrections” from all of the faculty. As I improved, I discovered that I loved to dance. I grew as a dancer and as a person. I gained confidence. I became close to my fellow DOTY’s and to the faculty. But this incredible opportunity didn’t stop after that DOTY year, I kept coming to as many conventions as possible because I felt so welcome. It was as if I were a part of the family. I have continued to dance with my home dance company, Carol Anglin’s Louisiana Dance Theater, in Shreveport. I have also been welcomed into several dance studios in the Dallas area to perform and compete because of the relationships I formed through Tremaine. I kept coming back to Tremaine because it was important to me. I am beginning my sophomore year in high school. I have maintained straight A’s throughout my Tremaine life, partly because I had to learn to manage my time and work hard through this wonderful experience. I continued to be active in sports. I was voted “Most Valuable Player” on my basketball team in 8th grade. I also placed first in my region for the fencing Junior Olympic qualifiers and, in February 2005, fenced in the Junior Olympics. This past year I was very proud to have been a part of the new Tremaine Performance Company. Summer 2005 was very busy for me from assisting Dez in master classes, attending the Tremaine conventions, and performing at the Jazz Dance World Congress. In the future I mostly look forward to renewing the incredible friendships I have with the faculty and with the other assistants as I work as hard as I possibly can.