Redefining the Classroom

Dance Company gets kids doing the cha-cha for college

Posted: September 21st, 2012

COLLEGE OF DANCE – Heidi Rasmussen (left, foreground) and Prof. Deborah Choszczyk warm up eighth graders at Pickford School during a Sept. 14 visit from Lake Superior State University's Dance Company. Choszczyk and her four students took about 90 kids through moves in Latin ballroom, cha-cha, samba dancing. LSSU's Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (Gear Up) office brokered the visit in conjunction with national Gear Up week. The federal program helps encourage kids to finish school and to go to college. Students trained as College Positive Volunteers (CPV) share personal stories about preparing for and getting into college, as well as some of the unique experiences college offers, such as performing in a dance company. The company will visit several area schools this year. Follow "LSSU Arts Center" on the Web for upcoming dance company productions. (LSSU/Drew Putvin)

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CONTACTS: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2315; Shelley Wooley, LSSU Gear Up, e-mail, 635-2664.