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From Ballet Dancer to Lawyer

As principal of TWL Law , I am often asked about the connection around TWL Law’s supporting dance and the incredible world of creative arts. I hope that this blog post helps bring clarity around that question and my personal connection to dance.

When I am asked about my life, I think about it in 2 chapters- My life as a lawyer and my life before law, when I was a dancer and dance teacher/choreographer.

I started dancing at the age of 3 for the reasons that most kids do - because their parents signed them up for class. As I matured from toddler to child to teenager, my passion for dance and the performing arts grew. It was something I wanted and needed to do! Up until I graduated high school, I was a member of an award winning competitive dance team and spent upwards of 20 hours per week training. Having excelled in academia as well, I was able to push through high school in 4 years at a time when most graduated in 4.5-5 years. My motivation to graduate early was simple- I NEEDED to move to New York City!

At the age of 17, I moved alone to New York in order to pursue my dance career with a focus in Ballet. I trained with some of most world renowned teachers and worked with incredible artists. When I moved back to Toronto, I continued my training and was lucky enough to be able to make a career out of performing, teaching and choreographing - I was one of the lucky few artists who never had to flip a burger.

As my teen years became my 20s, I made the decision to retire from the stage and focus all my attention on training the young dancers of tomorrow. I quickly moved through the ranks, teaching at Claude Watson School for the Arts, choreographing award winning numbers and judging at National Competitions. I was 25 years old and had the career that many dancers in their 40s wanted - but something for me was missing. It was during a cold walk on a December night that the decision was made- I was going to take my LSAT.... and the rest as they say is history!

Once I came to the realization that I wanted to go to law school, my thoughts then turned to what kind of lawyer I wanted to be and what kind of career I wanted to carve out for myself. I eventually realized that I wanted to help build a law firm designed around healthy inclusive values and bright innovative and progressive legal services.

My experience performing and teaching has served me well as a lawyer and has given me the tools to be an effective communicator, a strong advocate for my clients and has made me comfortable arguing in a courtroom.

While I now pride myself on enjoying a career in law, I have made it a priority to continue to nurture my passion in dance. I have never given up teaching and I now enjoy giving my free time to inspiring young dancers.

TWL Law supports the beautiful world of dance. In a show of our support we would like to offer any dance studio and/or creative arts company the opportunity to enjoy an online or in-person "meet the lawyer" hour so that your teams can ask questions and learn about the amazing career opportunities in the world of Law.

If you would like to share your own personal story, we would love to hear about it! Please reach out! I hope that our blog is a source of inspiration for those chasing their dreams!


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1 Comment

Unknown member
Apr 24, 2019

A wonderful story that validates the success of mixing creative and business worlds.

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