We are back with another volunteer spotlight. Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization, we can’t do what we do without them. This month we are featuring volunteer Kelsey Cullen. Kelsey has been a big help to her dancers Stella and Kayla. We asked Kelsey about her time at danceability, here is what she had to say…
Why did you decide to volunteer at danceability?
I was talking to one of my close friends about wanting to get back into volunteering and she had told me about an amazing special needs organization where you incorporate exercise and dance into helping children and adults. Last summer I signed up to volunteer a few classes…now I’m hooked!
What is your favorite part of class?
My favorite part of class is whenever our dancers put on tap shoes. The pure look of joy as they put on those shoes and start stomping and tapping around is incredibly rewarding. As a tapper myself, seeing other students interested in tap really makes me happy. I think it’s time that we bring tap back to the mainstream!
What is your favorite activity or song in class?
My favorite activity is when we dance freestyle. The dancers have the best freestyle moves and completely shine. One of my favorite songs is from my beginner 4 year old dancers’ class called “Let’s go swimming” (or that’s what I think it is called). It is about a fish doing everyday activity such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower, but then realizing that they are fish and then they decide to swim instead. The kids seems to enjoy, and I think I have as much fun dancing to the song.
What would you tell potential volunteers about joining the danceability team?
I would tell potential volunteer to ready themselves for one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. I look back at my time so far at danceability with sheer joy, and I am so excited to be part of the team of volunteers for years to come. The dancers we work with are some of the best people you will ever meet. Their courage and dance moves are contagious.
What is your favorite danceability memory so far?
It is hard to choose one favorite memory, so I would like to share two. One of the classes I volunteered with had the opportunity to perform a holiday routine at Barnes and Noble. Watching the dancers run around in excitement with their family members and other volunteers is a memory I cherish. My other favorite memory is the recital. All of the dance routines were fun and enjoyable, you couldn’t help dancing along in your seat. Being able to be a part of the dancer’s special time on stage was a privilege because the dancers have so much stage presence, their enthusiasm and love of dance is contagious. I want to give a special shout-out to my dancers Kayla and Stella from the 2014-2015 dance season. Both of you incredible dancers have made this experience extraordinary. Keep on dancing!
We are so happy to have Kelsey and all our volunteers as a part of the danceability family. We can’t do it without you all!