This year for my out of school service, I volunteered at my dance school, the 92Y, as an assistant teacher for the Junior Performance Team. Throughout the year the class learns multiple dances, which are then performed at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a community center in New York City.
When I first started class, I was very excited to get started. It was a very large class of kids along with some older kids our teacher called, including myself, ‘Big Kids.’ These older kids were in charge of learning and remembering the dances as well as helping out the little kids in the class. It was really nice to be a part of a group of dancers than simply being myself with all the younger dancers. While we learned the dances, we also learned how to work as a team in small groups creating combos to share with the rest of the class. We even had one dance that was solely student choreographed and taught and another dance that was choreographed by our class in small groups and then put together into one full dance.
One of my favorite parts of this experience was helping out one of the students who required extra help during classes. I have often considered going into education and becoming a teacher. Getting to work with younger kids as well as kids requiring extra help was a wonderful opportunity to learn and understand how to help kids out in an educational and fun way while learning new dances.
In April, our dance teachers, Megan Doyle, Director of the 92Y School of Dance, and Courtney Laine Self, had announced they would be showing a musical they had been working on for a few months over the year, over the weekend. That night, after class, I went to see the show. It was entitled MAKING BOOKJACKET. The musical was a futuristic dance inspired by feelings circulating the country around the election year. I was very excited to see my teachers’ work and loved the inspiration they used to create their musical.