2014-03-22 / The Bullhorn

RCS students dance for change

By Anderson Clayton
Bullhorn Assignment Editor

Roxboro Community School (RCS) will hold its annual Dance for Change on Thursday, April 3, at the Kirby at 7 p.m.

Dance students in grades eight through 12 were given the opportunity to vote on the cause they felt the money should go toward this year. It was decided the proceeds from the show would benefit suicide prevention and a portion would be donated back to Students Helping Honduras, the same organization that inspired Dance for Change last year.

Dance for Change started last year with the help of Chris Garcia, a graduate student at Western Carolina. Garcia initially contacted dance teacher Teresa Coleman with the idea of having her students perform to benefit Students Helping Honduras.

Coleman said, “Chris came and practiced with the students last year for the show. He told the students they were part of a ripple effect, and I think it’s important they know even as high school students they can make a difference.”

Dance for Change raised over $2,000 last year to help build orphanages in Honduras through Students Helping Honduras.

“They [the dance students] got to see the orphanage they helped to build. I think they realized they can use their talents to inspire and make people happy,” said Coleman.

This year’s show will include not only RCS dance classes performing routines choreographed by students, but also feature speeches given by students about their personal experiences of how Dance for Change has made a difference in their lives.

“I wanted the girls to have something bigger to dance for; they can use their talents to make a change,” said Coleman.

RCS Student Council will be present to run the concession stand to raise money for their week-long summer trip to Mars Hill for a student council conference.

Students have been voting for the teacher they would most like to see dance on stage. Votes are cast with coins and paper money. The teacher who collects the most money will be on stage.

Coleman said through the help of the Christmas Program, haunted house, and sponsors in the community the dance classes were able to purchase new costumes that can be worn again in the coming years.

Coleman said, “I would like to thank our sponsors – those who gave monetary support to the dance classes – Sweets By Flo, Martin’s Concessions, Colonial States Tire Supply, Warren’s Towing and Recovery, Bushy Fork Services, Inc, Joe Weinberger, and Yogi Bear Jellystone Park in Marion, North Carolina.”

“I hope to continue Dance for Change for years to come. It’s something the students always look forward to, contributing duets, solos, and a wide variety of dance styles,” finished Coleman.

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