From working with dancers as young as two-years-old, she learned to teach with a gentle heart, an open mind, and patience. As a freshman making the ‘top 5’ in a 15-19 year old category, her dancing and confidence matured. Watching and joining others celebrating the win of another dancer has taught her to genuinely be happy for others' achievements. Giving pep talks to her company team has taught her to believe in herself and others.
“Dancing is something everyone should be exposed to, for it truly does make you so much stronger and better of a person,” Caley said.
When Caley began dancing in 2014, she had no idea that it would transform her life. She feels that starting late in dance makes her journey even more special. She has been trained by "some of the most amazing instructors." Her dance peers embraced her with open arms, and now she considers them an extension of her family.
“Overall, the opportunities that come with dance are literally endless, and (they) have shaped me into a more experienced, well-educated artist.”
Caley believes that her dance education at En Pointe Dance & Acrobatics is limitless, and that a key to finding success is to be proud, but humble.
“I am truly so passionate about what I do, and hope it stays with me for the rest of my life.”
"It took me a while to love and appreciate myself as a dancer, but the constant push from my family, friends, and mainly God is making me stronger day by day,” she says.
Not having the body type of the “ideal” ballerina is what she considers to be the most unique facet of her dance journey. She focuses on who she is on the inside rather than comparing herself with others on the outside.
“I have been teased all my life for being short, but when people saw me dancing, they couldn't believe that this short girl could move that way.”
Dancing since age 5, Anamika has studied many types of dance, including dancehall, jazz, contemporary, flamenco, latin, hip hop, street stilettos, kathak, and Bollywood. Her favorite genre is Classical ballet. She gives it credit for making her a versatile dancer, stating that it "sets the base for all the dance styles because of the strength and control it gives a dancer."
The biggest lesson she has learned in dance is to perform your heart out like no one else is watching you and be your own competition.