Hilary and friends in dance routine.

Hilary’s Bio

  • Major: Dance
  • Hometown: Glendale, West Virginia

Hilary’s decision to come to UB was simple: “When I came to visit, it just felt right.”

Encouraged to audition at UB by her dance teacher back home in West Virginia, she just knew this was the place for her. “The audition was really fun and relaxed—they just let me show a little bit of my personality through my dancing.”

“I’ve been dancing since I was 3—I can’t see myself doing anything else,” Hilary says. So it’s a good thing she’s been able to get some extraordinary mentoring at UB. This guidance has changed the way she thinks about dance and opened up exciting new performance opportunities.

“I’ve been dancing since I was 3—I can’t see myself doing anything else.”

One of Hilary’s dance professors selected her to dance in, and help choreograph, a performance art piece in collaboration with New York visual artist Saya Woolfalk. “Saya wants us to think of choreography as more of an art piece. She brought in some of her visual work and asked us to interpret it through dance.” Soon they’ll be taking the performance on the road to the Big Apple.

Hilary leads the troupe.

Hilary leads a dance procession.

“Choreography is what I want to do eventually,” Hilary says, “and I know that to be successful, experience is really important.”

While she’s thinking about pursuing a graduate degree in choreography, Hilary isn’t slowing down. In fact, she was one of the only undergraduate students selected to dance Theater West Virginia over the summer.

Hilary credits her ability to stand out in a crowd to the unique character of UB: “I had this image of UB as a big state school—and it definitely has that atmosphere—but it also has a small school feel, so you know someone wherever you go.”

Last updated: November 10, 2014 4:58 pm EST