We are living in an incredibly intense time. There are so many things going on all at once. It is difficult to know where to focus, and how to stay grounded through it all.
As Co-Executive Director of Dandelion Dance, I am so proud of my work in helping to grow our organization and make it sustainable. However, I also really envy our teachers, who get to connect with our girls and young women on a regular basis. I wish I was able to do that more often!
As I reflect on everything happening in the world, I realize that one of the things – probably the biggest thing – that keeps me grounded, hopeful and optimistic about our future are the voices of Dandelion’s students.
Dandelion’s mission is to elevate the voices of girls and young women from all walks of life. And now, more than ever, it’s important that we amplify their voices, in every way that we possibly can.
That’s why, a few weeks ago, I asked the young women of our Performance Company to share their personal passions and views about the issues that are most important to them. I also asked them to tell us about their experiences with Dandelion’s online classes, in their own words, so that we can learn more about how these changes are impacting their lives.
Today, we are launching this blog series, to highlight what several of our Performance Company members wish to share with the broader community.
This week, we are starting with Cynthia!
Cynthia is passionate about ...
“I am passionate about encouraging others to embrace their cultural roots, advocating for children’s rights and women’s rights, and helping young
women feel comfortable and confident in their own skin!”
Cynthia’s experience with our online classes, in her own words ….
Cynthia, we’ve been running our classes online for over two months now! Can you tell us what that experience has been like for you?
A couple of things I like about online classes is the fact that us dancers can really connect and share, even without being physically together in the same space.
We find this new way to still stay as close as before, and I think that’s an amazing thing for our company members because these online classes have allowed us to connect in more ways than one and helped strengthen our bond on a more deeper level, but in a fun and interesting way!
With online classes, there are definitely a lot of funny things that happen all the time. A funny moment that happens quite frequently is when my siblings or mom walk in, tip-toeing in the kitchen or living room. Sometimes they whisper my name and ask if it’s okay to grab something! It makes me laugh most times, haha.
Cynthia has been joining Dandelion’s classes from her living room, where she has lots of room to move and dance!
Is there anything that you miss about our in-person classes?
What I miss more about our live and in-person classes is the feeling of warmth and being in a space filled with such beautiful artists and WITNESSING that live.
We are all so eager for the day we can run our classes together in person. Until we can do that, why do you think it’s important to keep our online classes going?
To stay connected not just with our friends, but with our inner artist, online classes are super important for us dancers to keep our creative juices flowing and to keep embracing ourselves…to continue dancing like dandelions in the wind!