Lili Granie moved from France just four years ago, and already she’s up in lights, her dancing silhouette shining nightly on the side of the InterContinental Miami. Granie, 29, a volunteer ballet teacher at Alouettes Dance Academy in Kendall and volunteer dance instructor at Inner City Children’s Touring Dance Company in Liberty City, heard about the contest to be the hotel’s next dancing woman from a friend. She sent in a video and won. Then the InterContinental spent four hours recording her movements to come up with the final cuts you see illuminated on 20 stories. “I just put my heart into the dance,” Granie said. “Every time I see it, I think it’s good for dance, it’s good to expose so many people to dance.” Back home recently in the tiny village of Sévérac-le-Château, the Miami dancing queen told her family and friends what it’s like to live the American Dream, where a kid from France ends up 200 feet tall.
InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami; 305-577-1000; icmiamihotel.com.