Senior Profile! Mia Porter


Hello!! I’m Emilia and this is my fourth year at MCCA! I have taken many dance, musical theatre, and voice classes during that time. I began taking classes at MCCA in 2018 and I was simply hooked! I started out in the protégé track taking ballet, contemporary, and pointe with Miss Jamie. Over time I started to take voice and acting lessons, and ended up doing Junie B Jones, The Musical over the summer. My love for musical theatre flourished in just a year surrounded by the staff and students at Mountain City Center for the Arts. I became a student ambassador in 2019, helping with Miss Coty’s classes (whoop whoop trailblazers and dreamchasers!)and I’ve assisted with various Pre-Professional dance classes since. I love watching all my tiny humans grow into the beautiful, kind, and talented girls they are today!

As a senior (eeeek so weird), I was super anxious going back to classes. I am now one of the oldest student role models and it is my last year at MCCA! But alas, it was a fantastic first week back. Simply being in the studio, dancing with amazing people, it’s the best thing in the world! 

This past week I also went back to assisting! I’m helping with Trailblazers with Miss Shelby this semester!! The highlight of my nights include plieing and yell-screaming the MCCA mantra with my girls. My goals for the year are to strengthen my vocals and maybe add a few new songs into my repertoire. As well as improve my acting skills for future shows at MCCA. And perhaps this semester I’ll finally be able to master a fouette haha!! I hope everybody has a happy and safe year and thank you for reading about my journey with Mountain City Center for the Arts!



Describe your senior year in three words.

Best for last!

If you could change one school rule, what would it be?

I definitely wouldn’t mind doing away with the dress code ;)

Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Wherever I am I hope I’m happy, still traveling the world, and also probably forgetting to unload the dishwasher.

What is the most challenging task as a senior?

Staying focused and managing time!

I am most grateful for...

That I am surrounded by so many people that support and love me so well.

What is your dream college and why?

Johns Hopkins, I adore all the strides they take in research!

If you could move anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

London. I love the city and its history.
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