Abbey Misenheimer: Where is She Now?

Abbey Misenheimer Burlington Dance Center

From Abbey Misenheimer – Graduate of 2012:

It’s amazing how quickly life has changed since I first walked through the doors of BDC a little over 6 years ago in the Fall of 2011! Upon graduating from Eastern Alamance High School in 2012, I attended the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill where I received my B.A. in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Athletic Training (2016). With the completion of this degree and successfully passing the Board of Certification, I am now a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC). In May of 2016, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia where I began pursuing my Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Emory University, one of the top programs in the nation. Upon graduation in 2019, I hope to continue my education by completing a residency program and become a Sports and/or Orthopedic Certified Specialist (SCS/OCS) to continue working in the sports medicine world.

My time at BDC was unfortunately very short, though it certainly left its impact on me. Betsy Walker’s influence specifically played a major role in my life and the person I am today. The lessons she imparted on the importance of hard work, determination, and grit are some of the most impactful and have translated into nearly every aspect of my life. Stressing the unique combination of all out effort while maintaining a composed and elegant facade in ballet has carried over to school/work life magnificently… Always try your hardest but never let them see you sweat. The drive that Betsy Walker helped instill into my core being has pushed me farther than I ever expected; staying up late, getting up early, always putting in the extra hours when no else else is watching or requiring you to do such. Though not always easy, like early Saturday morning dance rehearsals that last all day, the end result is far more wonderful than anticipated. I owe so much to Betsy Walker and my BDC family, and look forward to seeing what the next generation is able to create.

Justine and Abbey at her Final Spring Concert 2012