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Folsom resident Deirdre Hawkins thought she was going to become an English teacher, until the night she saw the aptly named Revelations by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Although she’d given up ballet after injuring both Achilles tendons in high school, the modern dance production reawakened her love of the art. “I cried through the whole thing,” Hawkins admits. She soon switched her major to dance education, eventually earning a master’s degree in education with a dance specialization from Stanford University. She wanted to follow her true passion in life – teaching and choreographing.