When I was headed off to college, I was gifted a white towel embroidered with the images of 5 brown stick figure ballerinas. 10 years later, the towel had seen much better days. I went online to try to find another one but was unsuccessful. In fact, I couldn't find anything like it. On all of the merchandise that I found, the ballerinas were white. When I would find a rare black ballerina, the images wouldn't be technically sound. If you're a dancer you know that matters. In my disappointment, I thought to myself "We need stuff with brown ballerinas on it. Somebody needs to create that." Then a few minutes went by and I decided that I would be the one to create that. In 2015, the idea for Cinnabella was sparked. In 2017, the name was incorporated and I launched the first collection. Now in 2020, Cinnabella is back with two new collections and we don't plan on stopping any time soon.
I've learned that my purpose in life is to inspire and dance just happens to be the vehicle through which I do so. I hope that little brown girls everywhere are able to see themselves in our products and that they may be inspired to not only dance but to follow their wildest dreams.
Thank you for visiting our site. You are appreciated.
Amber J. Merrick
A native Amber J. Merrick began training in the Baltimore School For the Arts’ T.W.I.G.S. program. While a student at the high school, she received additional training at Dance Theatre of Harlem, Miami City Ballet and American Ballet Theater. Merrick received a BFA in Dance Performance from Towson University and had the pleasure of studying abroad at Palucca Schule Dresden in Dresden, Germany. Professional credits include Die Theater Chemnitz, Oakland Ballet Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna and Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour on Broadway. Ms. Merrick’s teaching resume encompasses a variety of styles of dance at schools such as Dallas Black Dance Academy, The Dance Conservatory at St. Paul’s School for Girls, Supernova Dance Company and Towson University Community Dance. Merrick has completed Towson University’s Post-Baccalaureate K-12 Dance
Teaching Certification Program. She is currently on dance faculty at Milford Mill Academy in Baltimore County, MD.