Community Service Blog


Sharing the Passion of Dance

"It isn't work; it's sharing a passion."

"One of the parents said to me 'thank you for bringing music and dance into my child's life. It's important for them to have somewhere to go after school."
These are the words of Madison and Hannah, Simmons first-year students who took on the fun challenge of creating their own jazz and hip-hop dance class for middle school students. Their dance class operates like any after school club at the Boston Teachers' Union School. They meet once a week for two hours, inviting any new student who wants to learn dance.

Gretchen Barkhuff is the Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC) VISTA here at the Scott/Ross Center, connecting the Simmons community with the Boston Teachers Union School community. The partnership between Simmons College and the Boston Teachers Union School offers Simmons students the opportunity to share their passions with K-8 scholars. The BTU School students love learning new skills from college students. If you have a skill or hobby you would like to share with younger scholars, you can create your own after-school enrichment activity! Contact Gretchen Barkhuff at gretchen.barkhuff@simmons.edu. Work study may be available for those who receive work study as part of their financial aid package. This is an especially great opportunity for student organizations!