Jaiden Hanley

 Jaiden Hanley

Jaiden Hanley

Dance / Baltimore, MD

What made you decide to enroll at the University of Maryland?
After spending some time researching the dance program and seeing the Living-Learning Programs that UMD has to offer, I was compelled by the university and insisted on applying.

What major/career path do you plan on pursuing and how did you select that path?
I plan on opening my own dance studio and teaching children in underserved communities about dance as an art form and coping skill. After being a dancer for 11 years, I selected this path to continue doing what I love while also giving back to generations after me.

Activities I do outside of class or community service/volunteer activities I'm involved with:
Ever since COVID-19 happened, I have not been able to do as much community service as I would like. However, I engage in virtual acts of service like creating tutorials for origami figures to send to the local library. I also create dance videos as a part of Prima Dolls for our community to watch and interact with. In the future I plan on holding my own dance workshop, making it open to the community so that I can give back in that way.

Which programs are you enrolled in, and what have you gained from your experience in them thus far?
I am enrolled in the College Park Arts Scholars Program. I want to become a student well-rounded in a majority of the art forms. I want to experience and interact with different types of art and apply it to my life outside of College Park Arts Scholars. I believe that it is important to give back to your community and I strive to use the lessons I learn in Arts Scholars to aid me.

Aside from academics, what else do you hope to take away from your time at Maryland?
I hope to take away great friendships and relationships with the incredibly generous community of people both in my Living-Learning Program and in the Maryland Promise Program. I want to make lasting connections with people whom I want to see succeed.

What are your future goals after graduation?
After graduation, I would like to join a dance company and become a professional dancer. Later in life, I want to own a dance studio so that I can make dance available to children in underserved communities.

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