Volunteer Spotlight: Melanie Koch

IMG_0192As we continue to get closer to our Annual Performances, we are always reminded of how amazing our volunteers are. All year, but especially around performance time, they go above and beyond for their dancers. Today, we feature volunteer Melanie Koch as our volunteer spotlight!

In addition to volunteering in the classroom, Melanie has helped on our fundraising committees, attends all our fundraisers and is currently raising money (like many of our volunteers are) in our “Move To Your Own Beat” Crowdrise campaign. Learn more about Melanie and her danceability experience.

How long have you been volunteering with danceability?
I started volunteering in January 2011.
Why did you decide to volunteer with danceability?IMG_0281
I was looking for a volunteer opportunity that had direct interaction with people and found danceability while I was searching the Internet.  When I researched the program it seemed like a perfect fit – I took dance classes for most of my childhood so the idea that I could help others experience the joy of dance who might not otherwise have that opportunity really appealed to me. I also liked that I could volunteer to do something meaningful with just a one hour per week commitment.
What is your favorite part of class?
All of it! But if I had to choose one thing it is the sense of accomplishment that Audrey has each time she masters a
new step, and then sharing a high five and a hug to celebrate!
What would you tell potential volunteers about joining the danceability family?
Danceability truly is a family, and as a volunteer you have the opportunity to make a big difference in someone else’s life. Becoming a volunteer has been one of my most rewarding experiences and is something I look forward to each week.  If you think you might want to volunteer, come observe a class or watch our recital and you’ll see first hand how danceability empowers its students through movement!
IMG_0384What is your favorite danceability memory to date?
Recital days are always a favorite memory.  We work so hard all year on our recital dance, so when the time comes to go up on stage in front of family and friends it is truly something special.   Nothing beats seeing Audrey’s excitement for dancing on the big stage, hearing the applause, watching her wave to her family in the audience at the end of the dance and then look at me and exclaim “I did it!” with a big smile!
Join us on Saturday, May 7th as we watch Melanie and Audrey take the stage along with all our dancers and volunteers. Performances are at 1pm & 6pm. It’s going to be a special day, one that we can’t pull off without our volunteers, so thank you Melanie and all our danceability volunteers!

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