A Bit About Me
While you might know me as a content creator, I am also a classically trained ballerina. I was a student at Orlando Ballet School for 10 years under scholarship. I performed in works such as Swan Lake, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Don Quixote, August Bournonville's Napoli and a Midsummer's Night Dream. I was also the second youngest student to be cast in Artistic Director Fernando Bujones' Jazz Swing. I was a featured soloist throughout my career at OBS. While I was a student I performed in the annual Nutcracker performances with Orlando Ballet, and for multiple years I was cast in adult roles such as Candy Cane while I was a student.
I competed in the Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition and I was a finalist 2 years in a row. The first year I was a finalist for my performance of Bournonville's Flower Festival female variation, and the second year for my performance of Esmeralda. My school also won best school at YAGP and I was honored to perform Drigo with my fellow students at New York City Center. I was one of the first students in the competition to choreograph her or his own contemporary work for the competition. One piece was titled Caribbean Blue and the third was titled Black and White Town. My second piece was titled Mad World and was choreographed in honor of my teenage cousin Sadiki who was killed in a car crash. In honor of Sadiki his mother my aunt Dr. Rosemarie Newman created the Run for Young event, and in conjunction with North Carolina's First Lady Mary Easley they created Operation Drive to Live which continued annually through 2022.
I also studied at Milwaukee Ballet's summer intensive under partial scholarship. The first year I was cast as a soloist in my level's performance of Coppelia, and the second year I was the youngest girl to be moved up to the highest level. I also studied at Alvin Ailey's summer intensive under partial scholarship. I was accepted into Fordham University's Bachelor of Arts program in dance, but I continued my ballet career after I graduated high school at Vassar College with a full tuition scholarship. I auditioned for and became a cast member of Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, and I was the only freshman girl in the 1st cast of Balanchine's Valse Fantasie. Following a violent attack on my life, I moved back to Orlando to recuperate. While I was convalescing I discovered social media in 2016 and I felt inspired to create content, and I've been creating content ever since.
As a content creator I've worked with brands including Disney, Warner Brothers, Focus Features, Primark, Uniqlo, Verizon, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Diner en Blanc, Jord, EltaMD Skincare, Keranique, Kleenex Beauty, Real Techniques, BootayBag, Voloom, Freeman Beauty, Gianni Vincent Jewelers, Surf Expo, Lake Nona Chamber of Commerce, Do Orlando North, Florida's Space Coast Tourism Board, and others. As a food blogger I have worked with BurgerFi, Barnie's Coffee & Tea, Metro Diner, Carrabba's and others, created restaurant reviews as a Google Guide and I was a guest judge at the IQ Gastronomic Food Festival. I was the emcee for the Christmas Fest fashion show with Juliana No. I have a cameo in the music video for Memento Mori by the band The Adolescent Theory. In 2021 and 2018 I was a finalist for Miss Jetset. It is a competition to be a cover model for Jetset magazine which regularly features cover models such as Gal Gadot and Halle Berry, and the competition is also a fundraiser for the childhood cancer charity the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. I've also attended benefits and fundraisers such as the Hunger Heroes Awards, a black tie event for the charity U.S. Hunger.
You also might not know that I have a famous aunt. My aunt Karen is a singer, dancer and actor. She performed with Mary Wilson of the Supremes for many years (Rolling Stone). She has also worked with other pop stars like Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Smokey Robinson. She is featured in one of Smokey Robinson's music videos Just to See Her. She also had a bit part in the film Born on the 4th of July starring Tom Cruise. She's retired from Hollywood now and is living in Orlando, Florida.
Roberta Freeman & Karen Newman
Karen Newman, Mary Wilson & Roberta Freeman
Katrina Belle and Karen Newman