Today we’d like to introduce you to Zaire Michel.
Zaire, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been artistic all my life. I’ve started dance classes at five, tennis at seven, and golf at nine. I enjoyed making clothes for my dolls from old shirts and fabrics I had in the house. My mother kept me active. I solidified dance becoming a career in high school. I played tennis competitively, I was apart of the USTA (United States Tennis Association) and all! I had the opportunity to balance out dance and tennis until competition season came around; dance took over and I never looked back. I remember in my contemporary class when we did improv; I felt pure bliss once we finished! It was hard to choose dance or tennis but it kinda sorted itself out I’d leave practices early because I had to rehearse. The feeling of winning matches and being on stage were the same but dance became my life. I can say that the my tied into one another when it came to the discipline and practicing when I was free. I do miss tennis sometimes and have played in the years with friends.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Absolutely Not, it has not been a smooth road. I’ve gotten in my own way, people who I thought were friends are toxic, family toxicity, crying some nights not knowing what was happening next, depression, anxiety, weight gain, I’ve felt in unworthy, financial struggles, biting off more than I can chew; thinking it was what was right for me in the moment, learning about my impulses, the list goes on and on. I am working on self-love HARD because I’ve allowed so much bull in my life, I am an insecure rug. I’ve allowed people to come into my life to treat me like dirt. I’m working on flourishing, being my BEST SELF always and sharing my light to those who deserve it!
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a person who has many skills. I’m a professional dancer, brand ambassador, aspiring model, actress, and aspiring mogul honestly! I started creating jewelry part-time but since I moved from New York, I haven’t been focusing on it. I’m working on my influence, legacy and how to be an amazing person everyday. I want to be a resource for people. I’m big on helping MY PEOPLE! There’s people in the world “struggling” and there’s odd jobs and ways to stop that mindset and lifestyle. If I know a way why not help the next person because someone helped me! I’m far from selfish but I know I have to stop being so damn nice — It’s all about balance.
I am proud of my growth as an adult and a woman. I am regaining and remember my wholeness mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually; AMEN!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
The Lord, Universe, Buddha, my crazy mother, Adrienne my stubborn, knowledge but annoying sister! In all honesty everyone who has ever crossed my path and continues to be in my life deserves credit! I have stories for days and lessons I’ve learned from a conversation. My mom for introducing me to the arts and extracurricular activities, Ms. Joanna, Ms. Kim were my first teachers getting into dance, Fancy Feet Dance Studio, PS 96 for having arts for all! MS 180, Ms. Rodriguez, Mrs. Labowsky, Ms. Cecil, Jemel McWilliams, Shernita Anderson, Aisha Francis, there’s so many to name! I can go on forever but I’m grateful honestly to everyone who has ever taken a chance on me! Thank You those who CONTINUE to believe in me and knew I’d figure it out eventually!
- Dance Private or Group Lessons $75/hr or $100/2 hrs
- Email: Zairemchl9361@gmail.com
- Instagram: _OfficiallyZaiMichel_
- Facebook: Facebook.com/Zai.Dances.Everywhere