Volunteer Spotlight: Vera Parker Kennedy

Vera with one of her dancers backstage

We are back at it with another volunteer spotlight. This month, we are featuring Vera Parker Kennedy. Vera has been volunteering with danceability for five years. Vera has been such a positive force for our dancers, always is eager to help out and ready to jump in where needed.

Vera also helped us raise money in our “Move To Your Own Beat” Crowdrise campaign last year leading up to our Annual Performances. She raised over $1,000 for danceability! Incredible!

Learn more about Vera’s danceability experience and why she keeps coming back!

Why did you decide to volunteer at danceability?

I first heard about danceability at the Elmwood Arts Festival and since I was in school for education at the time, I thought it sounded like a wonderful opportunity to explore both dance and special education.

What is your favorite part of class?

Seeing the smiles as the dancers walk through the door, connecting with them over silly songs, being inspired regularly by their perseverance, enthusiasm, and laughter, experimenting with movement and instruments…am I allowed more than one favorite part?!

What would you tell potential volunteers about joining danceability?

Danceability has been an incredibly important and enriching part of my life for the past five years. It is rewarding in so many ways, and I know many other volunteers feel the same. 

Vera and a dancer in studio

Vera and a dancer in studio

What is your favorite danceability memory to date?

I’ve danced with Roman for several years, and without fail, his joyful greeting cheers my Monday nights right up. One of my favorite memories of our time together is dancing to “Animal Action”,  a class favorite – Roman makes an excellent monkey!

Danceability is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – what is your wish for danceability for the next ten years?

My wish for danceability is that it continues to bring people together through movement, music, dance and laughter for many, many years to come!
Thank you, Vera for your dedication to our dancers.
If you are interested in getting involved at danceability, reach out to us at 716-651-0094 or by email.
We will be back with another volunteer feature

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