In 2019 when she was just 15 years old, Connecticut Magazine selected Ariel Mayer as one of its “40 Under 40” people to watch. Perhaps it is no surprise for this busy, accomplished teen. Every day brings new opportunities for learning, developing her talents, performing, and helping others with the same passion and dedication she brings to her dancing, acting and singing.
Now 16 years old, Ariel holds four World Championships in ballroom dance – two for Pro/Amateur Youth Smooth ballroom dancing, one for Pro/Am Junior Smooth, and another world title for Pro/Am Youth Rhythm Champion.
For two years in a row, in just a 24-hour period, Ariel has danced her way to bi-coastal ballroom championship titles in Los Angeles and Orlando. At the Embassy Ball World Championship in Los Angeles, dancing with her pro-partner and coach Mayo Alanen of New York City, Ariel won her world championship titles in Smooth (Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, and Viennese Waltz) and in Rhythm (Cha-Cha, Rumba, Swing, Bolero and Mambo).
Immediately following the world competition, Ariel flew to Orlando for the United States Dance Championship (USDC) and won her fourth US Championship totaling two for Pro/Am Youth Rhythm and two for Pro/Am Youth Smooth. In 2019, at 16 years old, Ariel danced up into the competitive A category for 18-30-year-olds winning second.
Ariel was the youngest competitor in the most prestigious international championship, England’s Blackpool Dance Festival. Dancing up from her age category, she competed with Mayo to place second in Ladies A Rhythm and third in Ladies A Smooth.
ACTING & SINGING
Ariel is dedicated to growing and performing as an actor and singer. She currently works at the acting studio of Stella Adler (New York City) and is a soprano studying classical voice technique and musical theater.
In 2019, Ariel was selected for the Boston University Summer Theater Intensive, a five-week conservatory program that included acting, dance, voice and speech, improvisation, master classes and experimental theater. Ariel wrote an original script for collaboration and performance with her ensemble.
At the International Festival of Arts (New Haven), she has played Viola in “Twelfth Night” and Shylock in “Merchant of Venice” with Elm Shakespeare’s Teen Troup. Among other Shakespearean roles Ariel has played are Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth,” Pisanio in “Cymbeline,” Miranda and Sebastian in “The Tempest,” and Calpurnia and the Soothsayer in “Julius Caesar.”
Beyond Shakespeare, Ariel’s has played Eynsford Hill in “Pygmalion” for Legacy Theater. At the French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts her roles have included Estella and lead dancer in “West Side Story,” Ermengarde in “Hello, Dolly,” and lead dancer in “Lucky Stiff,” as well as nine different characters in the comedy, “The Bank Robbery Farce” based on “Comedy About A Bank Robbery”
Ariel is a dedicated and respected advocate and activist in arts and education. She was selected to sit on the first Youth Advisory Committee for Long Wharf Theatre to help raise awareness of the company’s vibrant theater programs for the community. In her sophomore year of high school, Ariel was selected to serve on the Harvard Graduate School of Education Making Caring Common Youth Advisory Board. Her responsibilities included writing and filming public service announcements.
Ariel spent a year teaching local teens DOSO dance, which is line dancing with ballroom steps to live music. She was selected to peer tutor English with Stanford University Online High School, and she served as a judge for the 2019 Gala of the Stars Dancing for a Cause to Raise the Roof for Habitat for Humanity.
Ariel donates her competition winnings to the Make LemonAide Foundation for Cerebral Palsy. She often performs at a variety of galas raising support for such non-profit organizations as Elm Shakespeare, Legacy Theatre and Shoreline Alliance for the Arts