Katherine “Brooke” Jerome is a undergraduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi where she is pursuing a B.F.A. Dance Education and is a member of the Honors College. Brooke currently represents the Dance Department as a College of Arts and Letters Ambassador, serves on the Dance Student Advisory Council, and is the Treasurer, Service Chair, and NDEO Liaison for the Student Dance Organization. She recently presented her research on creating a dance outreach program for K12 students at the 2017 Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Creative Activity. In the fall, she will be the Teaching Assistant for Methods of Dance Education and will be the head intern at the 2017 Mississippi Dance Festival. Brooke has performed with Performing Arts of Germantown, DeSoto Family Theatre, and USM’s Repertory Dance Company, as well as at the Orpheum Theatre. She has choreographed for Performing Arts of Germantown, LRP Studios, Inc., Young Actors Guild, DeSoto Family Theatre, DFT KIDS!, and USM’s Repertory Dance Company. She has taught at Performing Arts of Germantown, LRP Studios, Inc., Young Actors Guild, DeSoto Family Theatre, DFT KIDS!, Hattiesburg High School, NR Burger Middle School, Sacred Heart Catholic School, and teaches private lessons.
I am interested in applying for the Student Representative position on the NDEO Board. As the Student Representative, my main responsibilities would be assisting the Director of Student Initiatives in creating policies related to student members, services, and programs, and helping to build new and strengthen existing Student Chapters. I would also be the voice of student membership of NDEO, and would bring recommendations from the student body to the board. I have experience in this area, as I currently serve as the Junior Class Representative on the University of Southern Mississippi’s Dance Student Advisory Council, where I bring student ideas and concerns to the faculty and head of the Dance Department. I believe one of the largest and most important components of dance education is advocacy, and so I would also work to create initiatives to not only teach dance education students how to advocate for dance, but why it is crucial for them to do so. Over the past year, I have been doing research in the field of dance advocacy in creating outreach programs, so I feel like I have the knowledge to be able to do that. In my opinion, I find NDEO’s online forums particularly helpful as a dance education student because it is an excellent resource for gathering information from professional dance educators’ real-life experiences. I would be a good candidate for this position because I have experience as the Dance Department Representative of the College of Arts and Letters Ambassadors, Class Representative for the Dance Student Advisory Council, and the Treasurer, Service Chair, and NDEO Liaison for the Student Dance Organization. I believe you should vote for me because I am committed to being a lifelong advocate for dance education and would be an excellent representative for the NDEO student body.