Shelbia Djelassi Spence

Interview Highlights
Q: How are your students reacting to this change?
Younger ones - they deal with the change and enjoy chatting on Zoom whereas seniors are very close to one another. Right now, we are dealing with how to do some kind of recital. I love my students but I love them even more now. During our previous Zoom meeting, I could tell my students were emotional because they really felt the effects of change. You know what a dance family is. We are with them everyday. You have no idea how important they are or how much the kids really love each other and connect with the faculty until you go through something like this. We have been considering a virtual recital since we usually have a senior dance where we send the seniors off. One option could be to hold the seniors' recitals in replace of the Nutcracker for the winter, but it's hard when so many of them move away.
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Ms Spence Graduated from Mass Motion Dance in 2001 and moved to Los Angeles to become a member of the Young Americans, a young Broadway touring company. She was a founding member of BoSoma Dance Company in the fall of 2003. In the fall of 2007 she returned to Boston from Chicago, where she was performing with Hip Hop ConnXion Chicago, one of Chicago’s premier Hip Hop Dance Companies. Now back in Massachusetts, Shelbia is on faculty at the Mass Motion Dance Sturbridge and Boston.