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Meet Destiny Archuleta, '17 • Dance

Current Position
Dance Teacher at Dancer's Edge Dance Studio

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

I am one of the main choreographers for the studio's competition team and this summer we are gearing up to travel to Florida where the students will have the opportunity to dance in the Disney Parade and learn from world-renowned choreographers around the world. We also attend conventions and get to meet famous choreographers like Blake McGrath, tWitch Boss, Allison Holker, Randi & Hefa and so many more! I have danced practically every day since graduating from Mesa.

What was your first job after graduating from CMU?

The first performing job that I took after graduating from CMU was performing with the Moraporvida dance company in Denver, CO. I actually met the director of the company, Jacob Mora, at ACDA (American College Dance Association) while attending CMU and fell in love with his style and aura. I was so excited to have the opportunity to dance with his company. The next year, I went to Italy and danced with DAMAGEDANCE company, director Jessica Taylor, and Amalgamate dance company, director Alana Urda. They have a BREAKOUT program for preprofessional and professional dancers to attend every summer. This past summer, I got accepted to attend the Professional Dance Workshop for Educators at ADF (American Dance Festival). Unfortunately due to COVID, it was canceled. However, I plan to attend again this upcoming year. 

How did your experience at CMU prepare you for your career?

One of the most beneficial things I learned at CMU is to pay attention to EVERYTHING. Digest all that you can, while you can because the gift we are given in the theatre department is something no one should take for granted. Megan Glynn Zollinger (former director) taught me a lot about the kind of teacher I strive to be for my dance students today. It is also important to build strong relationships, because sometimes it is not always about what you know, but who you know. People want to work with positive and hard-working people!

What was your transition like from being a student to your current career?

It was definitely scary. My dance family at CMU was like nothing I ever had and to face the real world, outside of that beautiful studio, was nerve wracking. However, I was trained well by the professors and had great support systems from all the people in the theatre department. I feel like I made strong connection with my fellow dancers at CMU and the people I met along the way. I was excited for what was next. My graduation cap said, "Life is a dance from once stage to the next." - Unknown.

What advice would you give to incoming college students?

Digest every moment! Learn as much as you can, ask your questions and never give up! Be grateful for the opportunities that you do receive and ask how you can improve for the opportunities that you feel like you may have missed out on. This will be a chapter in your life you will never forget if you do it the right way. You will discover more about yourself then you even knew to be possible!