BalletRox dancers received a personalized, age-appropriate care package, thanks to Lesley University intern Mackenzie Lee.
The shuttering of BalletRox in-person dance classes in our school and community programs due to the pandemic has affected all of us, including the teachers and volunteers, says BalletRox intern MacKenzie Lee, a student of Lesley University.
BalletRox teachers have been hosting online dance classes and sending weekly emails to stay connected with community students and encourage dance and movement in the home.
Lee, who joined BalletRox last September as an intern, decided to take another step for the dance students: create and send wellness journals to every BalletRox dancer she had worked with at a Boston public school.
“The wellness journals have pages for coloring, and activities for thinking, reflecting, and collaborating,” said Lee.
“We at BalletRox really miss our students and the joy and love of dance we share with each other when we are in the studio together. I hope that I have created something special that will bring a new energy into the homes of our BalletRox families.”
Lee initiated and completed the project for her internship in expressive arts therapy — from the initial brainstorming, layout and creating, to the printing, hole punching, and sealing envelopes.
“Especially for the young ones, there’s nothing more exciting than receiving a piece of mail with your name on it,” says Lee.
“I hope that each student feels valued, appreciated and loved when receiving these journals in the mail. … I hope they enjoy the process and have fun with it!”
Lee is a student in Lesley University’s expressive arts therapy program and expects to complete her program next year.
“At the end of the day, we want our BalletRox dancers to be able to feel the joy and love while creating and engaging in the arts at home. I hope our students enjoy completing these journals as much as I enjoyed creating them!”