Student Features

MeaganMeagan Davis

Where are you from?
Pekin, Illinois

What do you do?
I’m a paraprofessional (teaching reading) for Wilmette Public Schools and a Masters in Elementary Education student at DePaul University.

What GDS class(es) do you take regularly?
Musical Theatre, Performance Workshop

What got you into (or back into) dance? What do you enjoy about it?
I started as a very small child and haven’t stopped yet!  I love the artistry, physicality, and the sense of community with fellow dancers.

Do you have any dance goals?
 I want to keep performing as long as possible, and get back into choreographing.

What do you enjoy about GDS?
GDS is such a welcoming place for dancers, no one is ever made to feel that they’re less of a dancer than anyone else.

What is something surprising or fun about yourself?
This summer I’m taking a sword fighting class and seeing Weird Al Yankovic for the seventh time!

Check out a couple of Meagan’s performances with Glenwood Dance Studio!

 

AngelaFAngela Fink

Where are you from?
St. Louis, Missouri

What do you do?
I’m a PhD student in the Northwestern University Linguistics Department, studying speech production and cognitive control.

What GDS class(es) do you take regularly?
Musical Theatre, Stretch & Strengthen, Ballet Basics

What got you into (or back into) dance? What do you enjoy about it?
I started attending classes at GDS because a couple friends invited me. Before that, I had no real dance background. I took maybe 1 year of dance in elementary school, but to be honest, I was only in it for the sparkly costumes and the chance to be on stage. Coming back to dance as an adult, I’m surprised at how much I enjoy it! Dancing at GDS has given me new friendships, a more active lifestyle, and a much-needed way to de-stress. Learning choreography is such a unique mental challenge, and it takes all my focus. This means, thankfully, that I’m forced to stop worrying about everything else.

Do you have any dance goals?
In the spring, I crossed off my first big dance goal by performing a long piece of choreography (5 minutes, oh my!) on stage. It was such a thrill, and it felt really gratifying to see and feel my improvement from the early stages of learning the piece. Now I have lots of little dance goals in mind, relating primarily to technique: incorporating port de bras into all my movements, consistently pointing my toes (without sickling them!), and improving my balance on releve.

What do you enjoy about GDS?
Besides the reasons above, I’d say that my favorite thing about GDS is the supportive atmosphere. All levels of dancers participate in the studio’s programs – from very beginners like to me to dancers en pointe! – and this diversity provides only enrichment, not competition or judgment.

What is something surprising or fun about yourself?
My signature party trick is the ability to lick my elbows. The best part of this is that when people find out, I get to watch them attempt it themselves.

 

Check out a couple of Angela’s performances with Glenwood Dance Studio!

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