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Faculty Feature: A Mother and Daughter Dynamo – The Totally Committed and Terrific Terry and Ayla Dansin

By April 30, 2019 No Comments

Here’s another great feature on two wonderful people who are both teachers AND students in our ongoing arts and education programs.  Terry Dansin is one of our beloved faculty members, who also participates as a student in our ballet program.   She’s a busy woman but always has time to teach and help others and brings her positive energy to Hubbard Hall and everything we do.  Her daughter Ayla is a student at Hubbard Hall but also a teaching assistant, helping the next generation of young dancers take their first steps in our Irish dance program.  They both bring so much life and care to what we do and we could not do what we do without them!

 

Terry Dansin

Three words to describe you?  Nurturing, kind, motivated.

Who are you?  I’m a wife, mother, friend, science teacher and Essentrics ™ instructor.

What do you do at HH?  I teach Essentrics ™, study ballet and volunteer with the dance program.

What are your biggest challenges at HH?   Not having enough time to teach more Essentrics™ classes or take more dance classes. I work full-time as a high school science teacher in an urban school district that some days is all encompassing of my time and energy.

What else should people know about what you do?   I discovered Essentrics(™) a few years ago and just fell in love with how the program made my body feel. I’ve always been active and have danced on and off my entire life but what I love about Essentrics(™) is that it is designed for anyone from beginning movers to advance athletes, and from very young to elderly. Movement that involves all the muscles in the body is so essential to a long, healthy life that I feel excited that I have a way to help everyone move in a satisfying and safe manner.

What do you love most about Hubbard Hall?  The variety of creativity! There are so many different artistic activities to participate in. I love how Hubbard Hall makes connections to the community and provides activities that many rural areas don’t have access to.

What should someone who comes here to class, a performance or just to hang out know about Hubbard Hall?  Hubbard Hall is enduring, I’ve been involved with Hubbard Hall as a dancer and volunteer for over 25 years and every program and activity is high quality, creative and entertaining!

Ayla Dansin

Three words to describe you?  Honest, spontaneous, empathic.

Who are you?  I’m an Irish Step dancer, soccer player, friend, and soon to be high school student.

What do you do at HH? I’ve been taking Irish Step dance from the age of 7 and I’m a teaching assistant in the beginning class.

What are your biggest challenges at HH?   Transitioning from soft shoe to hard shoe because it was very different. And once my hard shoes broke.

What else should people know about what you do?  We perform in nursing homes once a year and march in a parade in March.

What do you love most about Hubbard Hall?   The teacher and people.

What should someone who comes here to class, a performance or just to hang out know about Hubbard Hall?   That Hubbard Hall is a very chill, low key environment, and that you don’t have to worry about much.

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