• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

  • Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Laura Salazar

    Senior
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Jin Baek

    Senior
    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Bryan Chavez

    Junior
    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Katelyn Gehling

    Junior
    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

    Jason Chavez

    Senior
    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Shivani Singh

    Junior
    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

  • Laila Zemar

    Sophomore
    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Sophomore
    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Malvern Madondo

    Senior
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Senior
    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Junior
    Mora, MN
    Biology

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Senior
    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Senior
    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    Senior
    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Neena Koslowski

    Junior
    Apple Valley, MN
    Management

Duluth and Performance Bound

Hey everyone!  Hope summer is off to a great start for all of you and you enjoyed your first full week at home!  I know I did.  Lots of working and time spent with the family (and lots of meeting up with friends around town).  Today I am heading back to Duluth to teach dance to my little dancers who are preparing for their spring recital in June.  They could not be more excited…or nervous!  Each girl knows their routine very well, but they are still lacking confidence when it comes to performing it in front of an audience.  They get a little scared at the prospect of people watching them.  However,  I think many of us experience this feeling of stage-fright.  Whether we are giving a speech in front of a group of classmates, have to put on a performance for a talent show, or are simply told to respond to a question in front of colleagues or professional faculty, it can be difficult to have the lime light on you.  I give my girls some general directions for performance to help them curb their fear:

1. Smile: If you continue to smile and look happy, the audience will rarely worry about what mistakes you are making.  If you are having fun and look excited to be on stage, that will take their attention the very most.

2. Keep going: If you make a mistake, brush it off and continue with your performance.  Everyone makes mistakes, but what sets a great performer apart from a mediocre one is how they can recover from a mistake.

3. Put on a show: Be goofy, make fun expressions, and interact with your audience.  This will make you feel closer to those you are performing for and hopefully enable you to take the performance a little less seriously (so that you can focus on having fun!).

4. Think about movement: I always tell my girls to think about the movements they are doing while performing.  If you are concentrating on pointing your toes, following the music and counts, and keeping up a brilliant and energetic smile, then the thought of performing in front of many individuals fades from your mind.  You are left with the dance…which is in and of itself the most important part!

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