Graduate Student Spotlights

Burton Laura

Dance Education

Briefly tell us why you chose your program:
As a dance instructor for the past 12 years, I wanted to expand my pedogical knowledge. I have also become interested in teaching at the Collegiate level and this degree sets me out on the path to accomplish that.
My favorite course:
So far I liked my Advanced Technique class that was improv based
My biggest challenge is:
My favorite blog:
Why I went to Graduate School:
To expand my pedagogical knowledge
The worst gift I've ever received:
Any gift is a nice gesture!
The most obscure research I've ever done:
in undergrad, tactical events of D-Day for a final paper
The professor who influenced me the most:
Although I didn't take full advantage while in Undergrad, my professor Dr. Lang was great and has met me after graduation as well for advice
What I do to de-stress:
The place I would most like to visit is:
My secret passion is:
Pop culture history books like the Oral History of Punk Rock
My favorite line from a song is:
Why won't you run into the rain and play let it just splash all over you

Background Information

Where you grew up:
Blacksburg, VA
What are your plans after you graduate?
Maybe a PHD?
Honors, Awards, and Achievements:
Auditioned for and was accepted into Broadway Dance Centers Internship Program
Community Service and Other Activities:
Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor, God's Love We Deliver Van Assistant