Bridges to Belmont scholar Summer Shack recently spoke to a local class of middle and high school ballet dancers about getting the most out of both their high school and college experience. Shack spoke at Rejoice School of Ballet, a non-profit dance school that aims to nurture and celebrate dancers from diverse racial, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
Shack was invited to speak as part of the school’s “4 Pillars Program,” which aims to promote the well-being of the whole dancer and focuses on the areas of Diversity, Spiritual Formation, Health & Nutrition and Life Skills. She was invited by Belmont alumna and adjunct faculty member Ashlyn Hall, who also works as a faculty member at Rejoice. Shack spoke in the Life Skills area of the program and encouraged students to take advantage of opportunities they are presented with while in high school. She also shared tips on how to prepare for college.
“It was an honor to have Summer at Rejoice,” said Patricia Cross, Executive Director at Rejoice School of Ballet. “At Rejoice, we are telling our dancers that they can achieve their dreams. We want to help them develop the life skills they need to make the best decisions they can as they grow into empowered young women. Summer and her success embody the message we want our dancers to hear. Our dancers loved spending time with her. She is an inspiring young woman.”