Noblesville Grad Vivien Mickels Talks Involvement With Dance Kaleidoscope
Writer / Matt Keating
Vivien Mickels, a 2018 Noblesville High School graduate, has taken her love for dancing and turned it into an apprenticeship at Dance Kaleidoscope.
Mickels, who is in her second season as an apprentice at Dance Kaleidoscope, is fulfilling a dream she has had since she was younger.
“I loved growing up in Noblesville and I spent a lot of time learning about different things that interested me,” she says. “The Noblesville community is a great place, with so many different learning opportunities in the Noblesville schools.”
After she graduated from Noblesville High School, Mickels earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Hope College.
“My time at Hope College really helped me because I learned about ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap and hip-hop,” Mickels says. “You really must learn everything. It’s great training to be able to do a lot of different things. It also helped me develop my interest in a wide variety of dancing.”
Mickels was also a member of H2 Dance Company and Strike Time Dance Company at Hope College.
“I learned a lot at both places and also had a lot of fun,” she says. “They were both great places to grow and continue to improve.”
Mickels has been thrilled to be a part of Dance Kaleidoscope and their upcoming performances.
“I love working with all the people at Dance Kaleidoscope,” she says. “They are so supportive and uplifting. It’s been a great place for me to dance.”
Mickels’ advice to elementary, high school and college students is to not be afraid to pursue dancing if they feel it is something they enjoy.
“Get yourself out there,” she says. “Go to the dance classes. There is no bad time to start. Allow yourself to say yes to different things and not be afraid. Find out what makes you happy.”
Noblesville resident Stuart Lewis, Dance Kaleidoscope’s associate artistic director and director of community engagement, agrees.
“Get started early and keep working at becoming a better dancer,” Lewis says. “Take that desire to dance and keep going.”
Lewis is also a big Noblesville fan.
“I love seeing the sunrise over the cornfields on my way to work, and it’s a wonderful community,” he says.
Mickels is looking forward to Dance Kaleidoscope’s upcoming performances, and says audiences will enjoy all the upcoming 2024 shows.
“I’m thrilled to be able to be a part of Dance Kaleidoscope,” she says. “I love being able to entertain and inspire people. This is a great place.”
To buy tickets for performances or to learn more, visit the Dance Kaleidoscope official website at dancekal.org, or call 317-419-2380.