For years I wanted to be an actress, but my love for the stage is best satisfied through dancing. Thank heavens I figured that out: I’m significantly better at dancing than I ever was at acting, which isn’t really saying much since I was a rather pathetic actress. (My friends and family might argue that my acting skills weren’t so bad, but they are just being gracious.) Anyhow, I thought I would indulge my former dreams of becoming an Oscar-Award-Winning actress, so the following information will be delivered IMDb-style:
Cecilia Schwartz was born in —–, CA on xx/xx/19xx. (You didn’t expect me to divulge all my personal info, did you?) She moved with her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Schwartz and older sister, Rosario, from California to Michigan at the age of 5 days (Yes – 5 days). They settled in Grand Rapids, where her four younger siblings were born. Her life was nothing extraordinary, but it was hers and she loved it. She had the usual struggles of childhood: awkwardness, glasses, braces, pitiful fashion sense, klutzyness, shyness; all of which she has mostly overcome.
Cecilia was baptised into the Catholic Church on November 18, 19xx. She received her First Holy Communion seven years later on May 17, 19xx and was confirmed in the Faith ten years after that on May 18, 19xx – Pentecost Sunday. Her parents’ raised her to know her faith and to live it every day. As an adult, Cecilia has embraced every aspect her faith as her own.
Cecilia started dancing at the age of ten when she joined Danza Folklorico Youth de Grand Rapids, a year after Rosario. (Cecilia often thought that she and her older sister were twins and found it frustrating that she had to wait a year before doing things her twin did.) The two danced for only a few years, but that was long enough for a deep passion for performing and for traditional Mexican folk dance to take a strong hold in both sisters. (They are twins, after all.) Cecilia started dancing again after high school, taking random classes here and there. She joined a local Mexican dance group in 2008, and in 2010 she was ready to move to the next level. She is currently training with a Mexican folk dance company in New York City.
~Is the second oldest of six children.
~Started dancing at the age of ten.
~Was The. Cutest. Dancer. Ever. at age ten and has video to prove it.
~Has a sister who is autistic and absolutely adores her.
~Loves teasing her grandpa and drinking his homemade wine.
~Enjoys various styles of dance: traditional Mexican folk dancing, ballet, salsa, cumbia, merengue, swing, Lindy, etc.
~Is a lover of life, truth and beauty, as manifested through Catholicism and the artistic expression of dance.
~Favorite snack is granny smith apples with peanut butter.
~Has a celebrity crush on Kermit the Frog. (Anyone else remember when he modeled for Armani and Calvin Klein? Swoon!)
~Won “Best Actress” in high school for her portrayal of Helen Keller in her senior class play, The Miracle Worker (closest she’ll ever get to an Academy Award).
~Is known to talk in unison with her “twin sister” Rosario, NOT on purpose… it just happens. They also finish each others sentences.
~Is often called ‘Cecilia Bedelia’ by her dad in reference to the children’s book character Amelia Bedelia
~Published a small book of poetry with a friend during their senior year of high school for their independent study Creative Writing class (and hasn’t written a poem since!).
~Discovered her love for dancing when her mother used to turn on Big Band music during Saturday morning chores. Everyone ended up dancing instead of cleaning.
~Is a descendent of an Irish prince.
~Gets an emergency bag ready whenever there is a tornado watch. No exceptions.
~Is a fairy godmother.
~Was named after a nun.
~Memorized the St. Crispin Day speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V just for the heck of it.
~Has two confirmation names because she couldn’t choose a favorite between St. Cecilia and St. Joan of Arc
~Enjoys reading classic literature.
~Once sprained both her wrists when she fell ice skating on her parents’ driveway after an ice storm.
~Started talking at nine months old and had a vocabulary of over fifteen words by ten months.
~Started blogging at the age of 29
~Is rather shy, but has learned to cope with it.
“Life is a musical; sing and dance along!”
“Live for eternity in the moment of today.”
“Ohmigosh! I was so stinkin’ cute when I was ten.” (after seeing the video referenced above)
“We crack me up!” (said every time she is with her sisters)
“Wow! I’m funny!” (said about three – four times a day)
Where They Are Now:
~Currently living on the East Coast with her handsome husband.
~No longer training with a professional dance company but still pursuing and perfecting the art form of dance.
Dancing with Our Lady