Passion for theatre, passion for kids and a passion for her cultural heritage.
Alisha Taylor found a way to combine all three as she led an African dance workshop for local children that emphasized more than just style and technique.
More than 20 children attended the workshop, many of whom were from Treadaway Church of Christ, Taylor’s home church. Because of this, Taylor had already invested time and was now able to pour into the youngsters in a very different way.
“I wanted to show them a different side of life in the arts – something other than sports and football,” she said.
Taylor, who is a senior theatre major, did not want to limit her ministry to a church setting. She wanted the children to see someone who cared enough to give them the encouragement and assurance that dance was something they could do, too.
“Many don’t have exposure to the arts at home or in school due to lack of funding and emphasis, so I wanted to give them tools to help them grow in a different way,” she said. “It was interesting getting them out of their shell and actually participating.”
Even the next day at church, the children were coming up to Taylor asking when they were going to learn the rest of the dance – their newfound passion alive and well.