Get to know the town: Michele Xiques

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Michele Xiques

Name: Michele Xiques

Age: 47-years- old

Occupation: Part-time legal assistant at a law firm. Also owns First State Dance Academy in Milford and started the Delaware Dance Alliance.

Where are you from?

“I was born on Dover Air Force Base, but grew up in South Carolina until I was 12 when I came back and attended Caesar Rodney. I graduated in 1987 and currently live in Milford.”

Why dancing?

“I grew up dancing. That’s all I’ve ever known. So it’s kind of a path that my parents introduced me to and I kept going on. When I came home after being retired (from dance), I was the typical waitress, bartender, state police communications specialist, fire fighter, EMT, nurse, receptionist and phlebotomist. As a dancer, you don’t last long so I dabbled in other careers. My girlfriend had a dance class in Milford and sold it to me. So that’s how I took the studio and ran with it.”

Do you have a favorite style?

“I don’t mean to be boring, but I love ballet and Broadway.”

Tell us about your work in dance?

“We do traditional ballets like the nutcrackers. I’ve also created a new work called ‘Cinemaballet.’ It is work that I create inspired by movies and/or books. I’m trying to find a way to get more people to the theatre that would interest them.

“Nobody wants to go see Giselle. We’re in Delaware. People don’t want to see something if it doesn’t have NASCAR attached to it. But, people do connect with movie titles, so we did the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and I’m working on ‘Annie’ right now.”

What is it like being an entrepreneur?

“I love the fact that I have artistic freedom to train the kids in the way that I was brought up and trained. I have a vision of how the students should be presented training. The teachers I bring in have experience and have all been trained by me or someone I know. In that aspect, it’s great.

“The part I’m not crazy about is running the business. I’m an art ist; I don’t like the paperwork. But it’s a fair trade to be able to follow through my vision of sharing dance.”

Tell us about dancing for the governor?

“It was awesome! I danced for him at a fundraiser where he was a guest judge. My partner and I were the first couple. He was our first score and gave us a ten. I nominated him to dance next year. I’m hoping he says yes. We raised over $140,000 for that event. We like to be a part of giving back to the community.”

What are your hobbies?

“Fishing. I just love the beach and fishing. I used to like motorcycle riding, but my mom convinced me to sell it because I teach ballet. I also like walking and going to the parks with my doggy.”

If you could tell the community anything, what would it be?

“Support the arts. Support these kids that actually are doing something with their lives and not going out on the streets and getting in trouble. They’re doing a lot to bring joy to the community.”

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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