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Brandon Ballet's principal dancer finds a whole new world right here

BRANDON

New York City, London, Paris and Moscow.

When one thinks of the places a prestigious, internationally trained ballerina belongs, New York City, London, Paris and Moscow may fill their minds.

Myriam Frederick chooses Brandon.

Frederick, the principal dancer for Brandon Ballet, will star in the company's production of Aladdin on April 30 before moving on to one-week training at one of the world's oldest ballet schools, in Paris.

Her successful rise began with a passion that she says developed early in her childhood.

Originally from Mexico City, Frederick took up ballet at the age of 6, partly out of desire and partly as a way to remedy her flat feet.

"My ballet teacher always told me, 'You're going to be a ballerina,' but when you're 8 or 9 years old you don't really know what you want to do," Frederick said.

She eventually made her way to the Royal Academy of Dance in England by way of a scholarship, and by 11 she joined a summer intensive program with the National Ballet School of Cuba.

Frederick became well-traveled early in life, having participated in many additional summer intensives in Mexico and the United States. She graduated from the National Ballet School of Cuba with a major in ballet, but like a lot of college grads had a hard time figuring out what to do next.

"When I graduated I didn't feel ready, and the transition from school to a real job was scary," Frederick said. "So I went to take more classes with Humberto Becerra, an instructor who cleaned and perfected my technique."

Now years later, Frederick has worked her way up from soloist with the New York Ballet Company Ballet des Amériques to soloist with the Brandon Ballet.

For Brandon Ballet artistic director Octavio Martin, Frederick's professional growth is inspiring.

"It's just wonderful to see someone improving," Martin said. "She's very dedicated and just gives everything in the studio, and I think it's thanks to that that she is in the position in the company.

"She's a very good example for all the pre-professional and students that I have here."

To top off her already packed 2016 schedule, Frederick was recently accepted as one of 30 professional dancers brought into the extraordinarily prestigious Paris Opera Ballet's Cross Threads Program for dance teachers.

Her weeklong stay in the program this summer at one of the world's oldest ballet companies is funded by her recent grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.

"I had to show the council that I had the talent and explain why I wanted to go," Frederick said. "The grant will be a huge help in doing something that is my dream. And I'll be so happy to come back and pass on what I learn to my students."

Until it's time for her international adventures this summer, Frederick continues to focus on teaching her students at Karl & Dimarco School of Theatre & Dance in South Tampa and more immediately, starring as Princess Jasmine.

"There is something special with Myriam that got my attention as director, and that's her artistic skills when she projects a character," Martin said. "It's just wonderful to work with her because as a choreographer, in my opinion, I don't want to just be creating something and telling dancers exactly what to do. I want to collaborate with them and Myriam, because she is part of a wonderful team of professional dancers that help each other and collaborate with each other."

Contact Kelsey Sunderland at [email protected]

     
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