Eastern Michigan University Senior and DDD alumni Abby Postema has been very busy the past three years enjoying her college experience. She is currently working on her degree in Public Relations with minors in Dance and Entertainment Management. Abby’s original goal was to minor in EMU’s dance program and branch out into new things. She quickly found new interests in her field of study, Campus Life, and her sorority, Sigma Kappa, while experiencing more dance opportunities than she ever anticipated after dancing with DDD.
Abby has been cast in multiple EMU productions over the past three years. Two of these productions performed at the Mid West American College Dance Association conference, with one making it to the Galla! (A type of “best of the best” showcase.)
Abby says, “EMU has pushed me significantly as a dancer. Not only have I improved my foundational technique, I have also had opportunities to perform pieces that address real world issues and politics. These topics were originally extremely out of my comfort zone, but now I can truly appreciate the impact dance can have on the world.”
In June of 2018, Abby began teaching dance at Dance Steps Studios of Saline and Tecumseh. “If you had told me six years ago I would be teaching dance and loving it, I would NEVER had believed you. However, I have found it to be the most rewarding part of my week.”
Abby currently teaches jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre to students 7-14 years old. Abby also choreographs for their competitive team. “This past year I choreographed two jazz solos and one small group contemporary. One of my soloist chose to compete at nationals and received a first place platinum! I am hoping to take on more responsibility in the upcoming season. I have some big plans for jazz groups!”
In addition to keeping dance in her life through formal settings, Abby has also found ways to include it in her new interests. This past April Abby’s sorority competed in a musical variety show with all of EMU’s Greek Life. “I was given the responsibility of choreographing our seven minute performance. Not only did I have to teach girls who had never danced in their lives, but I had to include as many genres/styles as possible. Thankfully my sisters are great sports and did an amazing job because we won first place of all the sororities!”
Abby is very thankful for her time at DDD and for all of the wonderful people dance has brought to her life. As dancers at DDD begins the 2020 season she wishes the best of luck to everyone!