Meet Camia Green: A dancer who means businessBy Michael Ruther
KSU junior Camia Green started dancing in after-school programs when she was in elementary school, but she was inspired to pursue dance when her older sisters were accepted into the Sarasota Ballet of Florida. Her first performance at eight years old was in “The Nutcracker” in which she played a teacup girl, originally a boy’s part.
“The first time I was on stage, I saw how the spotlight was all on me,” Camia said. “It was a different way to express myself—a way to find out more about me. I remember the excitement of getting ready for the performance and the rehearsals. It was something I’ll never forget, and that led me to where I am now.
Today, Camia is a double major at Kennesaw State University in dance and marketing. She came to the college after seeing the KSU Dance Company perform at the American College Dance Festival. She described them as “creative and strong. The performance left you wanting more.”
Camia has performed in the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater summer program, and in 2006, she participated in the Bates Dance Festival. In addition to being active in the KSU Dance Company, she is also a member of the African American Student Association and the Operation Orientation Crew.
Camia lives on campus where she says it is easy for her to meet people and make friends with whom she can share her love of dance. “A lot of my friends are on the basketball team. They come to dance shows and love them. They get a whole new perspective on dance. They learn about dance, and I’m still learning how to dribble.”
She has expressed excitement at the continued growth of KSU, especially within the dance program. “From the Bailey Performance Center to the dining hall, the university continues to expand. The dance program hasn’t been around that long, but they are already doing big things.”
Camia attributes her success as a student and as a dancer to her energy and motivation, which also keeps others going. According to Emily Yewell Volin, temporary assistant professor of dance, “Camia is very open to embracing new thoughts and ideas with her dancing. She is a very thoughtful student and a thoughtful dancer in her approach to the group. She has a unique performance quality and a charismatic stage presence.”
After graduation, Camia hopes to get involved in a professional dance company like Pilobolus Dance Theater or Battleworks Dance Company because she likes their post-modern styles and release techniques. Ideally, she wants to perform for several years and then get into the business and administration side of dance. She hopes to be able to use her business savvy to run a theater or facility that supports smaller and less well-known dance companies.