We sat down with Mari Maria to chat about her experiences of being a student at Roger Williams Middle School to Hip Hop Dance Teaching Artist via the Providence After School Alliance.
My name is Mari Maria and I am the Hip Hop Dance teacher at Roger Williams Middle School.
Before I went to Roger William School, I was a part of the Chance to Dance program in my elementary school. For the first time I saw the Roger Williams students perform they were so good, I was inspired to go to that school. I attended Rogers William Middle School in 1999. I was scared but excited to experience something new, and I was lucky enough to have a few of my friends from elementary school also attend Rogers. Although I was only at Rogers for a short time, I got the chance to be a part of the dance team. The teachers and students were great.
My experience as a Teaching Artist at Roger Williams Middle School has been amazing so far. The students are so passionate. They have learned to work together and work as a team. They are welcoming to newcomers of the dance class. They take the initiative to include others into their routine. Once again, the students of Roger William Middle School have inspired me about being open minded, working together to accomplish goals, and always being passionate about dance. It’s truly inspiring.
I became interested in teaching dance because I think that it is necessary to share the knowledge that I have gained throughout my life of being an artist. I want to show my community, especially in the South Side Providence community, that anything you want to do you can do. There are options even if we have to create them ourselves. I want to be an outlet and resource for the younger generation. I want to guide them to do the best and be the best, because to me — they are the best.