Jennique “Nikki” Derousseau
Hey my name is Jennique but I go by Nikki, I know you’re probably wondering why I go by Nikki, but I have just always gone by that since I was a little kid. I am starting to love my name and growing into my uniqueness. I was born on Friday the thirteenth supposed to be a boy, but instead I got the name of my Aunt and came home in a football outfit. I go to regular High School and I struggle with the battle of being a kid and being a professional dancer every day.I have learned to love the fact that I am different from all the other kids. It is not often that you come across a 15 year old girl that has the mindset and dedication I do.
I grew up with all the same friends, but in Middle School I had to completely switch environments. Being the new girl was tough for me because I was always used to having lots of friends. I eventually gained friends but I have never been the same as any of them. I dance so often and they just don’t understand the dreams and goals I have. Going to public high school and dancing as much as I do is difficult, my Mom makes me keep perfect grades at all times. I used to play sports but had to quit for dance. These are the decisions that make you average or amazing. I want to be amazing. I REALLY want to be a choreographer like Kolanie Marks, my teacher, as well as a working dancer.
Ever since I was a little girl I would always make up dances in my living room for my Mom. When I was 9 or 10 years old I choreographed a dance for a team I was on and did the same when I was 12. I have always seen myself as a choreographer. Dance and family always come first in my life, I am willing to do whatever it takes to get to be the best I can be.