BY ALLY POLNER
In an effort to help build confidence and to teach members to become better dancers, freshmen co-presidents Jordan Pelegrin and Kim Orelus started Dance club.
“This club helps build self-esteem by showing people that if they have a desire to dance, they can fulfill that desire in Dance club,” Orelus said.
Members learn a new dance combination every meeting. It also focuses on community service projects such as helping underprivileged kids and teaching students from other schools how to dance.
“It’s not only a great benefit to the school, but also to the community,” Pelegrin said.
Students are not required to have any prior dance experience to join. Pelegrin said the club provides a chance to learn how to dance and improve the member’s dancing skills.
“All the board members are trained for at least four years and will work together to make a dance combination easy and fun for the whole club,” Pelegrin said.
Each month during all four lunches, the members will be participating in a flash mob to get the school energized and keep the school spirit going.
“We do not have all our ideas for the flash mob yet, but we are hoping everyone can come out and join us in all of our activities because it is a great bonding experience,” Orelus said. “It’s not only to learn for fun, but also to show off dance moves and use them.”
In addition to working on flash mobs every month, members will go to Children’s Harbor Place to teach underprivileged kids dances and play games with them.
“The children’s Harbor Place will be a good place to volunteer,” Pelegrin said. “The children there don’t really get to do a lot of extracurricular activities, and this is a good way to just have fun with cute kids and make them happy.”
Orelus said she is looking forward to the upcoming year.
“I hope to have fun and dance all types of dances with our club members and be able to teach people dances they want to learn,” Orelus said.
Freshman Danielle Rudolph said she cannot wait for the next meeting and to learn a new dance routine.
“I love to dance and I want to be a larger part of the school,” Rudolph said. “This is a great way to meet new people that like the same things I do.”
Sponsor Hope Fisher said that the club is going to grow and become very popular.
“The dance club will be popular because all students who have an interest in dance may enhance their self-expression through movement on a regular basis,” Mrs. Fisher said. “Participating in our community outreach program will give underprivileged children the opportunity to explore their individuality through dance.”
Mrs. Fisher said she is excited to share dance all around the school.
“My daughter has a passion for dance and, as a club advisor, I have the opportunity to share her love of dance with others,” Mrs. Fisher said.
The Dance Club meets every Wednesday. The next meeting is Dec. 2.