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Dance Minor Uses Dance 280 Knowledge for Healthcare Internship

Dance Minor Uses Dance 280 Knowledge for Healthcare Internship

Senior Dance Minor Kelsey Andeway wants to change the face of healthcare through dance. She took many classes at Loyola, but she credits a specific course for sparking this passion: Adaptive Dance Practices.  

Adaptive Dance Practices (ADP) opened as a new course in Fall 2017 and is taught by dance faculty Sarah Cullen Fuller. The course aims to teach the best practices in adaptive dance, and to “develop strategies that address the physical, social, and cultural implications of physically integrated dance in multiple settings.” 

While in the class, Kelsey saw immediately how her passions for writing, healthcare, and dance could come together, and the following summer she accepted a Public Relations internship with Advocate Health Care that had her writing articles on up-and-coming healthcare practices. She took this as an opportunity to take all she had learned in the ADP course and share it on a platform where others could benefit. 

Her favorite article to write was a self-driven piece: “Benefits of Dancing Available for Everyone.” The article was published to Advocate Health enews, reaching Advocate's 315,000 subscribers and bringing to light the different ways people with disabilities can get involved in dance. The ADP course stressed that anybody could dance, it was just up to the current dance community to make space and be welcoming.  

The takeaways from the ADP course changed Kelsey’s outlook on her post-grad life and how she would be merging her many passions.

If you are interested in learning more about these topics, the Adaptive Dance Practices course (DANC 280) is being offered this upcoming semester Fall 2019. Sign up and see what it’s all about! 

And be sure to check out Kelsey's fantastic article