Michelle Loucadoux as Ariel in The Little Mermaid.
It was not the most auspicious of beginnings. At age three, Michelle Loucadoux made her stage debut as a dancing poodle. But beginnings are not endings, and as Loucadoux’s fellow dancing poodles bounded off to chase other dreams, she kept at it: tap, jazz, dance competitions, the occasional pageant. She says, “I was a physically active kid. My parents wanted to get some of my energy out.”
Loucadoux came to ballet late. A production of Phantom of the Opera captured her imagination, and she enrolled in classes at Southwest Virginia Ballet, a school with a pre-professional company in Roanoke, Virginia. “It wasn’t until I was I was fourteen that I had formal, consistent ballet training,” she remarks.
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