Darby's Dancer HELPER Information 2021-22

July 2021

MDU Dancers entering 6th grade and up,

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer? Would you like to be a mentor and friend to a very special dancer at MDU? We are seeking positive, responsible and outgoing students in 6th grade and up to volunteer at the studio to be a "Buddy" for our Darby's Dancer program for the entire upcoming dance season.

Darby’s Dancers is a wonderful program for children with special needs who receive the chance to develop a love for dance and performance.  The organization was launched by Valerie Jones whose daughter, Darby, was an avid dancer. She had Down Syndrome and died of leukemia in 2013. MDU provides classes, a teacher, classroom attire, shoes and Recital costumes at no cost to participating dancers. Each child is paired with an MDU student volunteer (buddy) to work with their dancer all season.  This is an incredible and rewarding opportunity to set yourself apart as you prepare for college entrance applications and future job opportunities.

BUDDY EXPECTATIONS:
*Attend Darby’s Dancers class every Wednesday at our HOLMEN dance studio within the Boys & Girls Club. Classes will be 5:30-6:00 PM (Younger) and 6:15-7:00PM (Older) You can be a buddy in one or both class times.
*Encourage all Darby’s Dancers
*Assist Miss Denise in making the class fun and encouraging for all participants 
*Set an example by wearing proper class attire (MDU red t-shirt, black leggings and ballet shoes with hair in a neat bun)
*Model great classroom behavior
* Attend Meet and Greet with dancers on Friday, Sept. 3rd from 5:30-6:30PM. (At ONLASKA studio)

BUDDY BENEFITS:
*Earn NHSDA (National Honor Society for Dance Arts) points for volunteering
*Earn volunteer hours for your school NHS program
*Learn new skills and grow in leadership
*Develop new friendships
*Perform on stage at recital with your Darby’s Dancers class

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:
*Complete  THIS Darby’s Dancers Volunteer Application by Friday, August 6th.

For additional information on the Darby’s Dancers program, please visit darbysdancers.com.

Thank you for your interest! You will be notified of your volunteer status by August 13. Please email Kris.mistysdance@gmail.com with questions.

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