Most every girl's childhood dream is to be a ballerina and Thomson High School Sophomore Mary Kellye Sparks is living that dream.
"I don't want to be a pro. I just do it for fun," Mary Kellye said.
Mary Kellye Sparks dances with the Ron Jones Academy in Augusta.
It is still a huge commitment on her part.
"I practice in Augusta at the (Ron Jones) Academy four days a week, usually for two to three hours at a time," she said. "The closer it gets to a performance, though, the more we practice."
This season she will perform the role of Marzipan and the Waltz of the Snowflakes in the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. It opened the weekend of Nov. 22 and 23 at Augusta State University.
She has been a part of the Ron Jones Academy of Ballet in Augusta for the past seven years.
"Mary Kellye is a bright young lady with a bright future. We are all very proud of her accomplishments," said Ron Jones, director of the Ron Jones Academy.
Her inspiration is simply that she loves to dance.
"I just love to dance," she said. "I saw The Nutcracker when I was little and wanted to be a dancer from then on. I started taking lessons in Birmingham, Ala., when I was 5 years old."
She has been a part of more than 30 performances put on by the Academy including ones such as The Nutcracker, Rule of Love and Madeline.
Mary Kellye has put her ability to work to land herself a job at Healthlink, teaching 3-8-year-olds ballet every Monday and Wednesday afternoon.
But, even with this great aptitude, Mary Kellye said that she doesn't see herself using this in her future.
"I really do it because I enjoy it," she said. "I don't think it will evolve into a career."
Her dream is to attend the University of Georgia and pursue a career in the medical field.