Volunteer Spotlight: Lindsay Fassel

It’s time for another volunteer spotlight. Meet Lindsay Fassel. She has been a volunteer for the past five years and has been an incredible advocate for our dancers and our organization.
We asked Lindsay about her danceability experience…here’s what she had to say:

Why​ ​did​ ​you​ ​decide​ ​to​ ​volunteer?​ ​How​ ​long​ ​have​ ​you​ ​been​ ​volunteering? 

So,​ ​if​ ​I’m​ ​being​ ​completely​ ​honest​ ​with​ ​myself​ ​and​ ​all​ ​of​ ​you,​ ​one​ ​summer,​ ​about​ ​5​ ​years​ ​ago,​ ​I decided​ ​that​ ​I​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​boost​ ​up​ ​my​ ​resume​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​completing​ ​graduate​ ​school.​ ​​ ​I​ ​was​ ​in  search​ ​of​ ​something​ ​that​ ​would​ ​help​ ​prepare​ ​me​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​school​ ​counselor​ ​in​ ​a​ ​district,​ ​but​ ​also something​ ​that​ ​I​ ​could​ ​sink​ ​my​ ​teeth​ ​into​ ​and​ ​really,​ ​thoroughly​ ​enjoy.​ ​​ ​I​ ​always​ ​danced;​ ​from the​ ​age​ ​of​ ​3​ ​to​ ​roughly​ ​age​ ​15,​ ​though​ ​if​ ​you​ ​ask​ ​my​ ​family​ ​members,​ ​I​ ​still​ ​practice​ ​my​ ​skills through​ ​the​ ​aisles​ ​of​ ​our​ ​local​ ​grocery​ ​stores.​ ​​ ​So​ ​when​ ​I​ ​stumbled,​ ​or​ ​should​ ​I​ ​say​ ​shuffled, upon​ ​Danceability,​ ​it​ ​was​ ​truly​ ​the​ ​best​ ​of​ ​both​ ​worlds-​ ​I​ ​could​ ​rekindle​ ​my​ ​love​ ​of​ ​dance​ ​and help​ ​others​ ​in​ ​the​ ​process.​ ​​ ​I​ ​began​ ​that​ ​summer-​ ​and​ ​after​ ​volunteering​ ​for​ ​those​ ​6​ ​weeks, decided​ ​that​ ​I​ ​was​ ​too​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with​ ​this​ ​organization​ ​to​ ​leave.​ ​​ ​5​ ​recitals​ ​later​ ​and​ ​a​ ​simple resume​ ​builder​ ​has​ ​turned​ ​into​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​decisions​ ​of​ ​my​ ​life. 

​What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​part​ ​of​ ​class​ ​each​ ​week? 

The​ ​belly​ ​shaking,​ ​face​ ​reddening,​ ​tears​ ​streaming​ ​laughter​ ​we​ ​share.​ ​​ ​The​ ​joy​ ​the​ ​we​ ​cultivate when​ ​our​ ​dancer​ ​finally​ ​gets​ ​that​ ​one​ ​dance​ ​move​ ​for​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time.​ ​​ ​The​ ​ease​ ​of​ ​muscle​ ​tension as​ ​we​ ​stretch​ ​and​ ​move​ ​to​ ​some​ ​fabulous​ ​tunes.​ ​​ ​The​ ​facial​ ​discomfort​ ​that​ ​accompanies​ ​the biggest​ ​of​ ​smiles.​ ​​ ​The​ ​weekly​ ​check-ins,​ ​giggles,​ ​inside​ ​jokes​ ​and​ ​code-names.​ ​​ ​The​ ​“I​ ​missed you”​ ​when​ ​you’re​ ​out​ ​sick,​ ​the​ ​“thank​ ​you”​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​each​ ​class,​ ​the​ ​high-fives​ ​after​ ​a​ ​job well​ ​done​ ​and​ ​the​ ​hugs.​ ​​ ​You​ ​just​ ​CANNOT​ ​beat​ ​the​ ​hugs!

What​ ​would​ ​you​ ​tell​ ​potential​ ​volunteers​ ​about​ ​joining? 

What​ ​are​ ​you​ ​waiting​ ​for?  

Whatever​ ​your​ ​reason​ ​for​ ​starting,​ ​I​ ​guarantee,​ ​you​ ​won’t​ ​want​ ​to​ ​stop.​ ​​ ​Just​ ​take​ ​that​ ​first​ ​step and​ ​contact​ ​Danceability.​ ​​ ​A​ ​life​ ​changing​ ​experience​ ​awaits.  

​What​ ​is​ ​your​ ​favorite​ ​danceability​ ​memory​ ​to​ ​date? 

There​ ​are​ ​just​ ​too​ ​many​ ​to​ ​count.​ ​From​ ​recitals​ ​to​ ​Hunter’s​ ​Day​ ​of​ ​Hope​ ​performances,​ ​the​ ​Tim Tebow​ ​prom​ ​to​ ​holidays​ ​at​ ​the​ ​studio-​ ​my​ ​favorite​ ​memories​ ​have​ ​one​ ​thing​ ​in​ ​common,​ ​the smiles​ ​and​ ​laughter​ ​of​ ​the​ ​dancers​ ​giving​ ​it​ ​their​ ​all,​ ​beaming​ ​with​ ​pride.

Danceability​ ​is​ ​celebrating​ ​its​ ​10th​ ​Anniversary​ ​this​ ​year​ ​-​ ​what​ ​is​ ​your​ ​hope​ ​for danceability​ ​for​ ​the​ ​next​ ​ten​ ​years? 

I​ ​hope​ ​the​ ​volunteers​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​from​ ​their​ ​dancers​ ​and​ ​give​ ​of​ ​themselves​ ​every​ ​week.

I​ ​hope​ ​board​ ​members​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​do​ ​what​ ​is​ ​in​ ​the​ ​best​ ​interest​ ​of​ ​danceability-​ ​making decisions​ ​that​ ​allow​ ​the​ ​organization​ ​to​ ​flourish;​ ​unhindered​ ​by​ ​limitations,​ ​guided​ ​by​ ​love.

I​ ​hope​ ​Robin​ ​and​ ​Christine​ ​see​ ​the​ ​sheer​ ​beauty​ ​of​ ​what​ ​they’ve​ ​build.​ ​​ ​As​ ​the​ ​backbone​ ​of​ ​this amazing​ ​organization,​ ​I​ ​wish​ ​them​ ​continued​ ​success​ ​and​ ​express​ ​my​ ​sincere​ ​gratitude​ ​on behalf​ ​of​ ​us​ ​all.​ ​​ ​You’ve​ ​allowed​ ​a​ ​space​ ​for​ ​so​ ​many​ ​to​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​express​ ​themselves​ ​through movement-​ ​we​ ​repay​ ​you​ ​by​ ​wishing​ ​prosperity​ ​and​ ​longevity​ ​for​ ​another​ ​10,​ ​20,​ ​40+​ ​years!

I​ ​hope​ ​the​ ​parents​ ​of​ ​our​ ​dancers​ ​know​ ​how​ ​in​ ​awe​ ​of​ ​them​ ​we​ ​all​ ​are-​ ​for​ ​their​ ​dedication, patience,​ ​trust​ ​and​ ​unwavering,​ ​unconditional,​ ​selfless​ ​love.  

Lastly,​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​the​ ​dancers​ ​continue​ ​to​ ​make​ ​and​ ​move​ ​to​ ​their​ ​own​ ​rhythm;​ ​to​ ​the​ ​song​ ​that plays​ ​melodically​ ​in​ ​their​ ​hearts-even​ ​when​ ​no​ ​one​ ​else​ ​can​ ​hear​ ​it;​ ​carefree​ ​and​ ​with​ ​utter jubilation.​ ​May​ ​you​ ​grow,​ ​learn,​ ​thrive​ ​and​ ​DANCE​ ​with​ ​happiness,​ ​always. 
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Thank you for Lindsay and our close to 100 volunteers who work with our dancers each week in the studio. We can’t do it without all of you!
Our volunteers are so amazing, they are starting to fundraise for our Annual Performances on Saturday, May 13th. Interested in donating to help them reach our goal of $7,000?
Here’s the link: DONATE NOW
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