Nikki Taylor started as a Girls Inc. participant at the South Park Center, she was certain about a few things.
She knew her parents were divorcing. She felt alone. And she knew she could dance. She wasn't sure about much else, including what it would be like to interact with SO many girls.
"It was so new to me," she says. "I was excited but I just wasn't sure--150 girls can be overwhelming at first."
But soon she met her center director,
Dora Brown Harris, who took her under her wing--then let her fly.
"I was welcomed with open arms," Nikki said. "I became a leader because they realized what I could do."
Her journey since then took her through dance studies at the University of Southern Mississippi, a stint in Dallas and back to Memphis. Today she's a busy member of the Collage Dance Collective and she's still teaching, still helping.
"I'm one of those people who wants to do what needs to be done for the future," she said, "which is why I want to work with children. I want them to have something I didn't have. I push them to be something they never expected."
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