Natalie Broyles (Peterstown, WV) has dreamed of becoming a professional dancer since she was 11 years old. She started dancing when she was three. She dances five to seven days a week. On most nights she dances four or more hours a day. Even with those hours she maintain good grades at school. She also helps teach classes at her dance studio. In order to further her dream, she attends summer intensive experiences. They are expensive, so she started a cookie business, Cookies & Dreams, to help raise money for the summer intensives. The cookie business funds her travel, costumes, and tuition for summer intensives.
This year, she will attend summer intensives at Joffrey Ballet School. In n pay years, she attended intensives at Radford University and the Washington School of Ballet. She is also the first student from James Monroe High School in recent years to attend the WV Governor’s School for the Arts, which she will do this summer.
The Monroe Arts Alliance, Monroe County Education Association, and Princeton Dance Studio all work to support Natalie and her dreams of being a professional dancer regularly.
For her hard work pursuing her dreams, RealWV is proud to name Natalie Broyles as the certified Real West Virginian of the Week.
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