MICAELA RODRIGUEZ STEUBE
Our staff writer contacted junior high theater and high school dance teacher Carrie Davis to interview her about the new dance club, which recently had its first performance at the Jamboree. The group put on a “creepy doll-inspired” waltz number the club’s members had been preparing in the weeks before the event.
Q: Why did you volunteer to teach the dance class?
A: I volunteered to teach dance class before I even taught my first class at Pinewood! Dance has always been one of my strongest passions and I have always had the goal of infusing more movement and dance into both our performing arts programs and the student body. Dance, both as an individual and a partnership, teaches much more than just movement. Presentation, expression, etiquette, cooperation, social skills … the list goes on. Dance is a skill that you can use for your entire life.
Q: What are your favorite parts of teaching the class?
A: That’s a hard question! I love seeing growth in students. The moment when I see the “light go on” and the body and intention click is so rewarding!
Q: Do you know anything about Pinewood’s prior dance class?
A: I don’t know a great deal about what was done previously. I know that students really enjoyed themselves, but early morning was a challenge for many students that wanted to participate.
Q: What are your goals for the class?
A: My goals are endless for this class! I want to introduce several different genres of dance. I would love to grow and have both boys and girls participate. The more students we have, the more we can create. I would like to have more performance opportunities and perhaps create a dance team. Honestly, dance is not always about technique and precision. My biggest goal is to create a safe space where students can express themselves through movement and music and have fun!