Victoria is an aspiring professional dancer and founder of the Arise & Shine Dance Initiative. She developed the Arise & Shine Dance Initiative to help young girls, kindergarten to fifth grade to become active, and to live a healthy lifestyle while having the opportunity to learn the art of dance. This initiative began as a Girl Scout Gold Award Project in Fall, 2016. "I selected this project because I have a passion for dance and I want to prevent childhood obesity.” In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has increased greatly in children and adolescents. “The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States, who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012.” “In the African American and Hispanic Communities, approximately 40% of the children are overweight or obese.” “African American girls are also 80% more likely to be obese than non Hispanic white girls."
Throughout the years, she has studied all styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, liturgical, hip-hop, African, ballroom, and majorette. She has also trained at various places including Greensboro College Department of Dance, The Pointe! Studio of Dance, Ordained Praise School of Dance, and Nan’s School of Dance. "Dance is a passion of mine.” I am a aspiring professional dancer and have interned at several dance studios and non-profit dance schools including The Pointe! Studio of Dance, The Dance Project, and Create Me Dance. Teaching all styles of dance with professional dance instructors, I have focused on training children ages 2-18."
To further develop her own skills, she completed master classes and choreography classes with Alfred Gallman, Founder/Director of Gallman’s Newark Dance Theatre, Duane Cyrus, and Camilla Brown as well as trained privately with professional dancers and choreographers: Melvin Sutton, LaNeese Chantal, Alexxus Carr and Devonte J. Wells. In addition to formal training, I have also participated in dance teams throughout my dance career including Kernodle Middle School Dance Team (Captain), Northwest Guilford High School “Vikettes” Dance Team (Choreographer), and the Royal Prancerettes Majorette Dance Team (Captain) of Greensboro, NC. I am also currently pursuing a minor in dance at UNC-Greensboro.
All of my volunteers and staff are trained and have studied in the Arts & Theatre. I truly hope to give young girls an opportunity to take control of their health at an early age, while being exposed to the art of dance and all its styles. My hope is that all of the young ladies that attend the Arise & Shine Dance Initiative events or sessions will build dance technique, health awareness, respect, confidence and self esteem.
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