This July, over 30 YWCA New Britain School of Dance alumni returned to their dance school for another class instructed by Performing Arts & Athletics Director Chris Kuzia.
The four-week session featured alumni dancers from the class of 1998 all the way to 2020 who were visiting from as far as California for another tap, ballet, and jazz routine.
“Even though I haven’t danced since 2006, I still very much feel like a part of the program and am forever thankful to have danced,” remarked former dancer Sarah Armada, who came all the way from Florida. “I wouldn’t be able to perform and display the leadership I do every day for my students in the classroom if it weren’t for this program.”
Lindsey Doherty, also a former dancer, marveled at how far she’s come in life since graduating the dance program. “I was a dancer for fifteen years, which is such a long time! It’s nostalgic looking back on the memories in my adult life.”
Miss Chris, who just completed her thirty-sixth dance year with the YWCA, was awestruck with the support of past alumni and enjoyed seeing familiar faces from different eras of the program.
“I was so happy to see all of the girls. The memories mean so much to me!” she said. “At the end of my career and far after I am gone, they will be the spirit of our dance program and that makes me so proud.”
The YWCA looks forward to future opportunities to engage with our dance alumni, and is already planning an Alumni Showcase event for 2022!