DANCE ALUMNI WEEK - JANUARY 8 - 12, 2018 This year marks the first annual event for "Dance Alumni Week", where graduates from the Mt. Hebron High School Dance Program were invited back to teach dance workshops to current dance students. Students also had the opportunity to engage in conversation with alumni and discuss various aspects of dance in high school, college and the professional world. We had three wonderful classes this year with guest teachers, Brenna Dames (2011), Christine Jenkins (2009), and Shalini Ray (2011).
CHRISTINE JENKINS MT. HEBRON DANCE CLASS OF 2009
Christine Rebecca Jenkins is a graduate of Howard University where she majored in Telecommunications Management with a minor in Economics. She graduated with Cum Laude honors. While as an undergraduate she belonged to a host of honors societies including, Golden Key International Honour Society and Lambda Pi Beta Honor Society. During her time at Howard she participated in the Howard University SHOWTIME Band where she became Captain of the Ooh La La! Dance Line. As captain of the Ooh La La! Dance Line, Christine received recognition as one the most technically trained leaders in the country. She also received accolades as one of the best Nation’s Dance Line Captains among HBCUs. Under her leadership, the entire Ooh La La! dance organization received recognition as one of the nation’s top teams. After her college dance days, she went on to cheer for the Baltimore Blast Cheerleaders! Now you will find Christine working as a Recruitment Coordinator for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and continues to share her gifts and talents wherever they are needed.
BRENNA DAMES MT. HEBRON DANCE CLASS OF 2011
Brenna Dames is a dancer and arts administrator in Washington, DC. She graduated with honors from Elon University in 2015 with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and a BA in Political Science. She is currently in her second season with ReVision Dance Company, a resident company at Dance Place, and recently performed with the company at the South African State Theatre in Pretoria, South Africa. She also dances with alight dance theater. Brenna works full time at Dance Place in the Brookland neighborhood as an Education Associate and the Internship Coordinator. She also teaches in Dance Place's OutReach program.
SHALINI RAY MT. HEBRON DANCE CLASS OF 2011
Shalini Ray graduated from Mt. Hebron High School in 2011, where she was a part of both the Dance Company and Lancer Drill Team. She went on to attend Carnegie Mellon University where she earned both her Bachelors (2015) and Masters (2016) degrees. During her time at CMU. Shalini was a 5-year member and captain of the Competitive Bhangra Indian Dance Team, as well as a Fitness Instructor for the Athletics Department, teaching Yoga, Zumba, and Dance Fitness.
She now lives and works in DC as a member of the Operations Senior Management Team for Apple Inc. (Health) and works as a National Fitness Ambassador for Fitfluential. In her free time, she dances on two Independent National Bhangra Dance teams that have performed at the White House, National Dance Day hosted by So You Think You Can Dance, NBA Washington Wizards Game Halftime Show in the past year. She hopes to continue her passion for fitness and dance as long as she can!
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