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Makyla (Kyla) Bates
- Hiplet Ballerina 

Makyla (Kyla) Bates is a Southside Chicago native and began dancing at
Mayfair Dance Academy at the age of three. She began training at Chicago
Multicultural Dance Center (CMDC), under the direction of Homer Bryant at age 11.
This is where she discovered the true meaning of classical techniques. She graduated
from Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) and studied in New York at the Dance
Theater of Harlem and Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive Programs. She also trained with
the Deeply Rooted Summer Intensive and Emerging Choreographers. She successfully
completed Alonzo King LINES Ballet Professional Training Program in 2020. Currently
trained in Ballet/Pointe, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, African, Modern and Jazz. Makyla is
an original Hiplet Ballerina. She was part of the viral sensation and had the opportunity
to perform on Good Morning America, TedTalk and in the US Virgin Islands St.
Thomas. She was recently featured on the Kelly and Ryan show and looks forward to the
many dance opportunities to come.