Kimmi Fleming: Dancer on the Rise
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There has always been a debate whether or not dance is a sport. Dancers do not always receive the credit they deserve for all the training and conditioning it takes to be a dancer.
However, dancer Kimmi Fleming would say the complete opposite. Her hard work and training has won her many awards in many different competitions.
“Kimmi is a fantastic student, she is a very hard worker and a pleasure to teach,” says Coach Simard.
Fleming is an important asset for her team, especially when it comes to competitions.
“[Kimmi] is on two teams that are competitive. We travel to three different locations, Columbia, Spartanburg and Myrtle Beach and compete against other dance studios from South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and all over the place,” says Simard.
Fleming has been a passionate dancer for the last eleven years.
“The thing I love most about Kimmi is her passion. When you watch her perform, you can see it in her eyes that she has the fire for it,” says Simard.
Fleming had some influence from her older sister and is grateful for it.
“My older sister was a dancer and I wanted to be like her. My mom told me when I was smaller I would copy her dance moves at her recitals,” says Fleming.
Her older sister inspired her enough to try something new and she took the leap of faith. When she first started, it was not easy. She had moments when she wanted to quit and have nothing to do with dance anymore. .
“Yes, I wanted to quit. It was when my team won a silver medal, which was really bad. Also the competition administrators put us in the wrong category, so we were going against people who had been dancing for years. I cried.”
Kimmi’s perseverance paid off and she has improved tremendously. She has taken to many different types of dancing like jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip-hop. Her seven hours a week of dance are very enjoyable to her.
“When I dance it relieves me of all my stress. Also, I feel like I am getting better, so I want to keep dancing,” says Fleming.