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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pink Bus, Big Dreams

Amiya Alexander's Pink Bus.

When she was nine, Amiya Alexander had a dream about giving dance lessons on a pink bus.  Less than two years later, she was doing exactly that.  After sharing her idea with her mother Teberah Alexander, a registered nurse who owns a home health care business, Amiya got her school bus for Christmas 2008.  Costing $5000 (plus another $6000 for "remodeling"), Amiya's Mobile Dance Academy was born.  At only 11 years old, Amiya teaches beginning ballet, tap, hip hop, jazz, and salsa to young girls in Detroit, Michigan, and inspires many more with her drive, determination, and professionalism.  Amiya is also determined to fight childhood obesity, working against it one child and one dance lesson at a time.  Her fight against childhood obesity is directly related to her goal of attending Harvard Medical School to become a obstetrician.

Beyond offering affordable beginning dance lessons to kids around Detroit, Amiya has also founded Rising Stars Dance with Me Program, a nonprofit organization that helps children who can't afford to pay for dance lessons. For more information, visit Amiya's website or read one of the following articles:

-Katie Weidmann
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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