“Moving in the Spirit taught me that being compassionate and open-minded are two very key components to being both a good leader and a good friend.”
I joined Moving in the Spirit’s Apprentice Corporation when I was twelve years old and danced there until I graduated high school in 2005. Today, I’m the Parent Relations Coordinator and lead Apprentice Corporation teacher at Moving in the Spirit. I’m also part of the Alumni Committee.
On January 11, the Alumni Committee is hosting and performing in “A Night at The Beam” to raise funds for the Apprentice Corporation and their summer tour. One of my favorite memories from touring as a student is our trip to Paris in 2004. My passport didn’t arrive until the day after everyone left. When I finally saw everyone in Paris, it was priceless! There are so many more good memories — surfing in California, white water rafting in Colorado, watching the sun rise at the Grand Canyon, seeing the Statue of Liberty. But what really stands out are the long rides in the tour van where we shared food, music, secrets and so many laughs.
Traveling the country, visiting new place and sharing my art meant everything. Having the opportunity to educate people on the important social justice issues in our dances, something I absolutely love to do, was such a blessing.
Moving in the Spirit taught me that being compassionate and open-minded are two very key components to being both a good leader and a good friend. I came back to serve on the Alumni Committee because I genuinely care about the well-being of Moving in the Spirit’s children and teenagers. Kids are so different today from how I was a kid, and I just want to positively influence them as much as possible.
– Jessica Scudder, Moving in the Spirit alumna
You can see Jessica and her fellow alumni perform on January 11, 2014 in “A Night at The Beam: A Performance by Moving in the Spirit Alumni.” All proceeds benefit Moving in the Spirit’s Apprentice Corporation.