By Jillian Flack
Through her determination and hard work, the on-campus dance teacher, Ms. Alyssa Gallegos, was appointed as one of the Vice Presidents in charge of dance in the California Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD). This difficult responsibility means that she gets to finalize various changes in the California school curriculum for dance. Excited to take on this position, Gallegos is working her hardest to be a successful Vice President.
Gallegos was nominated for the role by one of her college professors and after taking a vote, the board decided she was perfect for the high-level position. In her role, Gallegos oversees and represents all of the dance programs in the state. She has the responsibility of supervising changes being considered in the requirements in dance categories and she helps decide whether or not the change should be carried out. While it is a very difficult position for anyone to hold, Gallegos has proven she is worthy and can handle the role. Through being the Vice President, Gallegos wants to educate people of dance’s high caliber. She explained, “Dance can sometimes be overlooked at [sic]. Some people might think, like, dance isn’t a sport or dance isn’t this and that, but I want to have a voice for dance and provide that support for all the dance teachers, not just here in Temecula, but over the whole state, be able to be that voice and that support in the dance industry.” So far, she has clearly shown to her students and audiences that dance is not an easy feat and it requires strenuous effort along with dedication.
At the age of four, Gallegos fell in love with the art of dance. Throughout life’s struggles, dance was always there to help her get by along with it assisting her in meeting new people that share one common interest: the love of dance. This is what she wants dance to do for her students as well. She shared, “I love the kids. I love touching people’s lives everyday and I hope that I stay here [on campus] until I retire.” Especially with it being her first year as the dance teacher on campus, Gallegos has had to deal with the ups and downs of being the only one equipped to teach her students the beautiful art of dance. She has proved to be very successful through the difficulties she has faced, as shown through her students’ impeccable dancing skills. Gallegos remarked, “It has been quite a ride. It’s been amazing. I wouldn’t change the struggles that we’ve dealt with because that’s what makes us stronger as a program.” The students involved in the dance programs on campus are pleased by what Gallegos has taught them this year and are looking forward to the future.
Throughout the position that she will hold for two years, Gallegos is excited for the changes she is going to help make in the dance community. With her passion for the art, she has shown that she can juggle her difficult role and her teaching job without faltering in either.
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