Camia Green is a dancer/choreographer, stiltwalker and print model. Dancing has been part of her life since she was seven years old. She always wanted to do something that helps people express their emotions, so she feels that dance, performing and entertainment help to encourage individuals to

“feel.” “Art is an imitation of life,” she said. “Knowing that a person left a theater feeling some type of emotion - exhilarated or mortified - lets me know that my performance inspired them in some type of way.”

Camia’s career in dance started with the Sarasota Arts Council and The Society of the Arts, Florida Chapter, which funded her to attend the Ailey School in New York City. She is a 2006 graduate of Booker High School where she was in the VPA Dance Department and played varsity volleyball. She attended Kennesaw State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in Modern Dance. While at Kennesaw State, she was a member of the College of the Arts Dance Program and Nu Delta Alpha Dance Honor Society, and was an American College Dance Festival Association Scholarship Recipient.

Camia has worked with artists such as Amy Marshall and Chad Levy from the Amy Marshall Dance Company, Cecil Slaughter from Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Paul Matteson from Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Lauri Stallings from gloATL, and Reiko Kimura from Atlanta Ballet. She has also performed at different venues such as Universal Studios Florida, Six Flags Over Georgia, Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta, Joan Weil Center in New York and Royal Garden Theater in Eliat, Israel.

Camia currently re- sides in Taipei, Taiwan and works for Princess Cruises as a dancer. She performs in all production shows throughout the ship in different dance techniques such as ballet, modern, jazz, hip hop, and tap, and says that dance has taken her to another level of success.

“I’ve seen 22 countries,” she said, “my favorite being Israel, South Korea, Australia, Japan and Bora Bora. I’ve had to adapt to many different languages and cultures, and, at the same time, I have to remain physically fit.”

Camia garners a lot of satisfaction from dancing.

“The biggest failure to me when dancing is knowing that you felt absolutely nothing. Selfishly, I live for the applause. It’s the ultimate gift and satisfaction a performer can receive.”

When she is not dancing, Camia enjoys hiking, zip lining, whale watching, jet skiing, parasailing and trying foods from all over the world. She is the daughter of Joseph and Pearlie Green.

To what do you at- tribute your success?

I quickly learned that the world is such a small place and I’m blessed to be from Sarasota, Florida. I’m so thankful for my training - Sarasota Ballet Dance the Next Generation Program –and for my mentors and teachers, Melissa Lodhi, Deborah Vinton, and Leymis Bolanos-Wilmott. But also I’m thankful for all the supporters of the arts.

What advice do you have for a young person today?

Some of the greatest artists have faced the hardest difficulty in their lives to the point where giving up seemed to be the only option. Yes, this life is tough; yes, you may be broke, and yes, some of your closest friends and family will label you as a failure. But if you give up, you’re just proving that they are right and I live to prove people wrong. Keep God first and never forget where you come from.