Lynn Mantay began her dance training at the age of four and danced at various schools throughout Miami. At age 14 she continued her ballet training with Elizabeth Acuna Nuevo and Lissette Salgado Lucas at Artistic Dance Center. She had the opportunity to perform many classical and contemporary works in competitions such as Youth America Grand Prix and the American Dance Competition. In these competitions she acquired scholarships to several summer intensive programs, such as the Rock School and Lexington Ballet as well as getting the chance to compete in the New York City finals of Youth America Grand Prix. At age 15, she began assisting in ballet classes for pre-ballet through level 2 and soon continued to teach on her own at Artistic Dance Center. After graduating high school at age 17, she decided to continue her training at Miami City Ballet School’s Pre-Professional division, where she had the opportunity to dance with the company as Chinese Tea in George Balanchine’s the Nutcracker. She entered FIU a year later to pursue a career in education while teaching classes at artistic dance center. She graduated on the Dean’s list and is now working as an elementary teacher while continuing to be involved in the dance community.
This post was written by Gonzalo Montes