I am 13-year-old Merkia Cumberbatch, a student of the Corinth Secondary School. I became actively involved in dance at 5 years old. By the age of 9 years, I took the bold step and became a member of the Silver Shadows Performing Arts Academy. I have performed in three (3) major dance Recitals and one (1) major production called the St. Lucia Story in 2019. Dance brings immense joy to me, being involved in extracurricular activities especially the Arts, creates the perfect balance for my holistic development. I always thought of dancing as a challenge however, because of self-motivation and determination I am able to excel confidently. As I grow older, it is my intension to pursue my artistic talents and possibly become a professional dancer.