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June 23, 2012

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Kimberlin Richardson

CLINTON — Kimberlin Richardson, 19, of Clinton, has been dancing since she was 3 or 4 years old.

“I fell in love with it every year more and more and there’s nothing I don’t like about it,” Kimberlin said. “It’s taught me so much. Not just how, like, to dance, but discipline and respect and so many other things besides dance.”

Kimberlin is originally from Clinton. Her mother put her in dance classes with Carousel Dance Studio, 233 Fifth Ave. South, when she was young. Kimberlin said dancing taught her so much about respect and the value of hard work. She added that Linda Luckstead from the studio showed her how to put her effort and time into dancing and how to push herself to achieve her goals. Luckstead felt that Kimberlin is a great student and dancer.

Kimberlin took ballet first. She said ballet teaches the basic structure of dance and leads into everything else. She also takes tap, jazz and recently started studying modern dance.

Kimberlin and the rest of the dance students are gearing up for the annual spring recital at 7 p.m.  Friday, June 29, in the Vernon Cook Theater at  Clinton High School. She will be performing in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance pieces during the recital. She is really excited about the event.

Kimberlin graduated from Clinton High School in 2010. She is attending Ashford University with a major in business administration and a minor in human relations. While she does not plan to study dance in school, she does plan to have dance be a part of her life.

“It’s definitely something, no matter where I end up, that I want to keep doing,” Kimberlin said. “I can’t see my life without dance.”

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