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Teen of the Week: Williamstown’s Grace Miller dancing since the age of 7

Grace Miller takes a picture with Maria Wade at a dance recital. (Photo Provided)

WILLIAMSTOWN — Grace Miller, Williamstown Middle/High School freshman, has been dancing since age 7.

She said she became fascinated with dance when she watched the American girl doll Isabelle movie, “Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight.”

“I’ve been a competitive dancer since seventh grade and I’ve done company dance since I was seven,” she said. “So I’ve basically danced my whole life.”

Miller said she dances at Tina’s Dance Studio-One in Parkersburg and has always wanted to do competitive dance. She said as a competitive dance group, they go to different locations and compete. Miller said this year they went to Disney and Warren High School.

“We went up to Warren High School, we did a competition there and had a clean sweep,” she said. “We got first place in everything. It was really nice.”

From left, Kaelynn Seabaugh, Grace Miller and Will Richmond perform in “The Producers,” at the Actors Guild of Parkersburg. (Photo Provided)

Miller said she loves how expressive dance can be.

“It gives me a way to like express myself, without actually talking,” she said.

As a part of the competition team, Miller said she spends most of her time with other dancers, which creates a strong bond with them.

Miller said although she is going to school in Williamstown this year, she plans to go to Parkersburg High School next year to become a part of the theater department.

“I like theater because I get to play people that I can never be,” she said. “I can act out experiences that otherwise I would never experience.”

Friends Emma Withrow and Grace Miller take a picture together. (Photo Provided)

Miller said she started volunteering with the Actors Guild of Parkersburg in October of 2021. She said she enjoys working with the Guild, because everyone gets a fair chance, whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been practicing the craft for years.

Miller said she has been a part of “The Wizard of Oz — Young Performers’ Edition,” “The Producers” and “Cinderella” with the Guild.

“Acting makes me feel amazing,” she said. “It makes me feel like I’m the center of attention. I love it.”

Miller said she wants to do theater acting as a career when she gets older.

“I either want to major in theater education or theater,” she said. “But I’d really like to go to a performing arts school.”

Grace Miller has been a competitive dancer since seventh grade with Tina’s Dance Studio-One. From left, in back, Grace Miller, Brittany Ward and Emily Biles. From left, in front, Cassie Cline, Randi Wilson and Dayna Cooper. (Photo Provided)

Miller said she’s interested in attending the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York. After college, she would like to either act professionally on stage, preferably Broadway, or become a high school drama teacher. She also dreams of living in New York City at some point in her life.

James Dobbs can be reached at jdobbs@newsandsentinel.com.

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