Service and Leadership Activities
DANCE LESSON FOR 2ND GRADERS
-Prepared and taught two 40 minutes Language Arts integrated dance lessons to seven different 2nd grade classes-
Early in September of 2018 I decided to send out an email to some local second grade teachers. I had prepared two 40-minute lessons that used dance to teach some 2nd grade Language Arts skills. I received an overwhelming amount of responses from teachers interested in having me. Initially, I planned on teaching 2-3 classes, but I ended up guest teaching seven different classes at three different Iron County Elementary schools. I got to work with a vastly different array of students but all were excited to get out of their seats and dance around.
CASADEI FASHION SHOW FUNDRAISER
-Volunteered as a model for a scholarship fundraising fashion show-
In October 2017, Southern Utah University created a fundraiser for a new scholarship; the Eletra Casadei Legacy Scholarship. The event was a luncheon and fashion show for any and all people who wanted to contribute to this scholarship. The costume department took designs, trims, and dresses from Casadei, an influential fashion designer from California who created many pieces for SUU productions. I volunteered as a model in the fashion show and was showcased in 6 of Casadei's designs. We spent every Wednesday night, for several weeks, rehearsing the choreography and blocking of the show. The models scheduled appointments for fittings, hair trials, and makeup trials as well. After two dress rehearsals, we performed for our audience at the SUMA in Cedar City.
HIGH SCHOOL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION CLASS
-Taught an hour and twenty minute Ballroom class for High Schoolers-
I volunteered to teach a Ballroom class at SUU's annual High School Shakespeare Competition. This event allows High School dance and theatre programs from all around the state to come and be adjudicated by professionals in the fields, as well as take a variety of classes from multiple teachers. I was scheduled for one hour and twenty minutes, and decided I would use the time to focus on memory and performance. I spent hours re-learning a swing dance I had done in High School and planned to teach as much material as possible in that time. Since this was an event for actors and dancers, I planned for a intermediate to advanced level class. But when my participants showed up, I realized very few of them had ever danced before. This threw a big wrench into my plans, and I had to improvise! We ended up spending a lot of time just learning swing steps, but the students had a lot of fun. It was an unexpected turn of events, but this service opportunity allowed me to experience some on-the-spot teaching. It taught me that when things don't go according to plan, you just keep going.
BEST FRIENDS ANIMAL SANCTUARY
-Clean and socialize with animals up for adoption, including those with special needs-
I have visited this Sanctuary many times over the years. This is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing animals from abusive situations, abandonment, or just from homes who didn't want them. They are a no-kill sanctuary, which means they do not euthanize any of their animals, under any circumstances. They have many different species, including dogs, cats, pigs, horses, and birds. Being a major cat-lover, I've volunteered with the cats every time I've gone. I clean their rooms, feed them, and socialize with them so they can get used to people and be adopted one day. There are a few houses dedicated to special needs cats. These animals need special attention and treatment and they are always kept together. Some have amputated limbs, feline diseases, neurological disorders, or are paralyzed from the waist down. There is something very special about these cats and I love volunteering with them the most.