An Aldie dentist with a lifelong passion for ballet is sharing her love for the art of dance by giving back to the community.
Dr. Nicole Rivera, owner of the newly opened office of Aldie Dental Care at 24560 Southpoint Dr. in Aldie, is providing a one-year scholarship to a ballerina at the Virginia Ballet Company and School in Fairfax.
She will select a different student each year for the scholarship, and she intends to continue the relationship with the ballet school for years to come.
Rivera has practiced ballet since the age of 7 and felt it always guided her in life. She said that over the years, ballet has helped her physically with focus and coordination and she continues to dance regularly.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Rivera has worked in underserved communities as a volunteer dentist on missionary trips to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent, Dominican Republic and other countries.
She said these experiences helped her build relationships with people from different backgrounds and instilled a sense of global community.
However, it is her dance education that really gave her the discipline and confidence both professionally and personally, and she wants to give back to others by helping a young ballerina enjoy classes and training.
“I’ve wanted to do this for a long time so I decided to help,” Rivera said. “My goal is to help the students achieve their dreams.”
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