A native of Atlanta, Miki Hoiriis trained at the Academy of Ballet Arts under the tutelage of Marina Levasheva before joining the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre (RMDT) Company in 1998. While dancing with the RMDT Company, Miki was trained in both the Vaganova and Cecchetti styles of ballet as well as contemporary and modern. She performed many supporting roles in the Company’s annual ballets. She is best known for her role as the Arabian Solo in The Nutcracker. After graduating from high school, Miki attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where she earned a BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages (French concentration) with high honors. While studying for her undergraduate degree Miki continued to work with the RMDT in their Young Audiences program, which brings dance performance and education into local schools. After graduation Miki spent time in France honing her language skills, and upon her return she began teaching ballet and contemporary in Atlanta. Currently, Miki continues to train in classical dance and performs on a freelance basis in a constant effort to improve her knowledge and skill. She has worked with notable choreographers David Norwood and Charles “Bubba” Carr as well as performed with Brooks and Company Dance. Additionally, Miki has become interested in kinesiology and has been studying independently to learn how it relates to ballet movement and the prevention of injury.