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Stormi Rain Arnold has accomplished quite a bit thus far in life. The 16-year-old graduated high school early and is currently enrolled in college, where she is studying ballet.

Sixteen-year-old college student and ballerina excelling in New York City

By Shelia Kirven
November 1, 2021

Sixteen-year-old Stormi Rain Arnold, a Native American ballerina and college student, has overcome many obstacles in her personal life and has become a role model for others. She has not let her struggles with partial deafness, impaired vision or difficulties with speech slow down her dream.

Arnold was a home-schooled student with deep roots in Eagletown, Oklahoma. She has already earned her high school diploma and is enrolled in New York’s Morrisville State College, where she has completed her first semester and is on the Dean’s list.

A student of the art of dance with an emphasis in ballet, Arnold earned Maximum Velocity Artist for the Velocity Dance Convention Season Finale in Las Vegas and is currently a member of Studio B’s Senior Company, earning multiple awards during their 2020-21 dance season.

Past dance experience included attending the Donna Frech School of Dance, the New York Institute of Dance and performances at the New York Dance Festival.

Her dance company knows Arnold as someone who is a joy to work with and someone who dances with grace and passion. Arnold balances her dance training and her college classes well.

“Going to college full-time and being a company dancer is very overwhelming, but at the same time, there are feelings of empowerment and success. I do struggle with having free time, but that’s just a part of it all. I do, however, manage to fit in a few hours a week to just relax and have me time or hang out with my friends.”

Arnold plans to obtain a master’s degree in English, and hopes to become a Pre-K or Kindergarten teacher in either Hawaii or New York City.