These ideas arise from many instances such as: freely moving, inner experience, improvisational moving developed from the rock era, concepts developed from Merce Cunningham, Anna Halprin, and Erick Hawkins, as well as concepts from the creator of this art form, Steve Paxton. Honestly every day that I step into class, I feel as though I am working on engaging these concepts as illustrated in Sharing the Dance, which leads to me furthering my language in contact improvisation. First of all, when we work on our improvisational skills at the beginning of class and jams, we are applying our “subjectivity”. This “subjectivity”, as coined by Anna Halprin illustrated in Sharing the Dance, allows us to “expand our range of movement rather than confining it to a codified vocabulary” (Novack, 1990, p.30). Novack (1990) also states that Halprin, “emphasizes direct experience of movement sensing the body’s changing dynamic configurations” (p. 30).
I hoped my students would enjoy dancing, furthermore learn more about their heritage through folkloric dance. Seeing the joy on the students, parents and staff inspired me to write a 112 Foundation Grant to start a folkloric dance group at Green Bay. I want all students to understand that their culture is rich in traditions and folklore. Through folkloric dancing they will learn about Latin American music, traditions, and history. I truly believe it will also encourage them to continue to learn more about their culture.
Other activities that I participate in include cross country, track, and volunteering at Global Gifts. Global Gifts is a nonprofit fair trade gift shop that ensures fair wages, gender equality, and safe working conditions. I have been volunteering at Global Gifts for about eight months, and I find it extremely rewarding to be able to support small business owning artisans around the
I have become a dedicated member to a lot of different activities and have held an officer position in each since sophomore year. Through these groups I have, completed multiple different community service projects including out of state service trips, planned a childhood cancer awareness night, and even started a National Honor Society Relay for Life team. I have become dedicated to learning more about high risk behavior prevention and finding new ways to give back to my community and beyond. I am proud of the work I have done for these groups and the people that I have met and helped while in a leadership position. I have developed my leadership skills and learned so much about myself as a person.
In order to give the best show to audiences, I needed to practice twice a week before the final show. There were a lot of people in the Mundo Candela at first, and most of them had learnt the Latin dance before. For that reason, my group leaders paid more attention to me at the beginning, showed me many skillful steps and shared me their personal experiences. In addition, my leaders always emphasized that the most important thing was having fun when we were dancing. This was also the right attitude for attending the Ethnos.
An experience of my own that involves a musical moment that brings a memory is a song called, “Hokey Pokey.” This is a nursery rhyme that children learn in elementary school. This song is an example of a musical moment that brings a memory to me because when I was in kindergarten, this song was played every day during dismissal time. While all of the students were waiting to be dismissed from the class the teacher would put this song every day. Meanwhile, the “Hokey Pokey” song played we would all get in a circle and start dancing to this song as a group. This memory brings a joyful moment because I would dance with my classmates that I had then.
We learn off of each other 's successes and failures. For example, this past Wednesday, I was learning how to do a movement called a switch leap. This is where a dancer does a leap and then switches legs in the air. My dance teacher suggested that I look up a video to better improve my understanding of this movement. By watching the dancer on the video, I was able to take her suggestions and use them to improve my own.
I tried dance and flag, but I decided to do flag because I was already in dance and wanted to try something new. Doing flag in the kazoo band was fun and inspired me to try out for the junior high flag squad. I made it so I tried out again
15 years of experience as an aesthetic group gymnast has taught me self-discipline and teamwork skills because a successful group has to demonstrate a sense of cohesion. Furthermore, this has prepared me for managing my time efficiently - to balance the time between studies and other pursuits. Three years ago I had the chance to start working as a rhythmic gymnastics trainer at the gymnastics club Janika. Such an incredible working experience with young children has developed my organisational skills (e.g. arranging meetings with parents and dressmakers) and taught me to take the responsibility for others.
At the end of my sophomore year I decided to apply for Ambassadors for my Junior year. It’s a program at Poudre that goes into Freshman classes and teaches them about topics they usually won’t cover in normal school curriculum. I decided to join the program because I did a very similar program called WEB you could do in 8th grade where we went into the 6th grade classrooms and did the same thing. I was really happy when I got accepted into this leadership program because I had so much fun doing WEB. At the begging of the next year Ambassadors goes on a retreat together up in the mountains where we really start to bond together.
We held events such as Asian Heritage Month and Black History Month. Throughout these clubs, my team and I held many different events where I gathered a lot of valuable lessons. The Me to We club and I had held a fundraiser at our school to sell Rafikis and all the proceeds went to the We organization. The social justice club and I held many assemblies where I got a chance to speak in front of the whole school on things I was passionate about such as getting aboriginals the right of proper education and the "We Are Silent" movement. I will bring my past experiences of holding assemblies, fund raisers, festivals and such other things to raise awareness to John Fraser and help out in any which way I can.
I enjoyed doing this because I not only got to help out the community, but it was also for those who died fighting for us all. It was an honor to be able to be apart of that and it meant a lot to the citizens of Reinbeck. I was involved in other little things here and there like working our school concession or helping out at Fourth of July events. The best volunteer experience was setting up a 5K with my friends to raise money for a classmate fighting cancer. It took a lot of work, but it was all for a great cause and was worth every second.
It is important to pursue what makes you happy, and I believe I have it figured out. Southwest Minnesota State University has been in the back of my mind since around tenth grade. Last spring, I attended a junior day at SMSU and I really enjoyed the layout of the campus, as well as the various accommodations the campus provides. Since last spring, I have visited the campus a number of times for various events. Each time I step foot on the SMSU campus, it grows on me a little more.
The friendly competition that the event creates is what allows us to be able to donate thousands of canned goods to our local food pantry on an annual basis. Our activities incite fun competition and a sense of accomplishment for our members and students affiliated with us. This provides for us a very comfortable environment in which students can be themselves and do what they love. Our Student Council, aside from offering our own physical service to our school and community, also helps other organizations with their events. We are the go-to group in the building.
In high school, I was involved in the National Honor Society allowing me to serve my community on a regular basis. We participated in everything from picking up trash on the side of the road to raising money to support our local library. During college, I have been able to volunteer and participate in student-led research programs. I also enjoy getting to volunteer my time at my local elementary school as a teaching assistant. However, my favorite volunteering experience was getting to be a “Buddy for Special Olympics”.