Tell us about your organization:
We are Penn State’s oldest dance company, founded in 1935. When we were founded, we were a modern dance group, but since then have transitioned to jazz, contemporary and ballet. We are completely student-run, and all 28 members dance throughout the year at Penn State’s Best Dance Crew, 100 days ‘til THON, Women’s Basketball games, and THON.
Why do you think your organization is important and meaningful on campus?
It’s important because it provides a home and support to the girls, especially the incoming freshman. Most girls in our company come from a home studio, and joining a dance group can help them adjust to college life and provide them will a supportive group of friends without stress. Also, in general, the arts are underappreciated, and our group supports the arts and provides an outlet for those who want to express it.
How did you decide to take on your role as President?
I’m passionate about dance, and I wanted to take on some sort of position of leadership in this dance company. Since I joined sophomore year, I wanted to join the exec board. Last year, the President of Orchesis encouraged me to run for President. Now, I’m in charge of booking spaces, planning rehearsals, planning showcases, maintaining schedules and just making sure everything is running smoothly.
How does your work with Orchesis give you the opportunity to use your gifts and passions?
I love people, I like being a leader, I like being part of a team and I like helping people succeed in their own way. As President, I’m able to use my talent as a leader to help fulfill one of my favorite passions.
Why do you think your organization makes a difference in this world?
In general, dance is so important. All the girls in our company will agree that dance is a way to let go of our stresses – whether that be emotional or physical. The Orchesis girls are able to come to the same space and create something together.
Anything to say for students who might want to join this club?
Even if you’re not 100% sure you’ll make it, audition anyway. I didn’t know if I’d make it my sophomore year, but I tried anyway. I’ve made the best friendships, and it’s a great way to find a tight-knit group of people who will always support you.