Amanda Smith Dances Into History

Dec 11, 2012
Jeff Cravotta

As Amanda Smith tells it, her father’s attitude was always, “Aww, my baby girl, she’s a little dancer.” Her mother, however, was skeptical. “This is just a hobby,” Smith remembers her telling everyone. “She’s not really going to do this. She’s going to be a lawyer; she’s going to be a doctor.” But once her mom saw young Amanda perform her first solo around eighth grade or so, “she was crying and said, ‘this is what you’re supposed to do.’”

A Prima Ballerina Bestows Lessons To First Ward Kids

Dec 3, 2012
Tasnim Shamma

Ayisha McMillan Cravotta has devoted her life to keeping her back straight and keeping her toes in the right direction since the age of two. In 2004, she made history when she became the North Carolina Dance Theatre’s first African-American ballerina to play a lead role, of Clara, in The Nutcracker