This summer, volunteer Reshma Gajjar has been teaching fun and exciting dance classes to SmartStart elementary and PAT high school summer campers. She was first introduced to HOLA through former Volunteer Director Kristeen Singh. When she met Kristeen, they bonded over their experience volunteering at Manav Sadhna in India, a NGO dedicated to the elevation of underprivileged women and children. Reshma was looking for a way to serve her community here in Los Angeles and when she heard about a place offering similar services to her favorite organization, she couldn’t wait to get involved. She began by tutoring students, but as a professional dancer, she believes that true service starts with sharing what one is most passionate about.
Reshma worked with Kristeen to plan a dance class for the summer session where she could teach students the basics of dance to inspire them to want to move and have fun in the process. She believes that dance is an important and powerful outlet for personal expression, and wanted to expose HOLA’s students to a new form of performance art that many had not previously experienced. The students have been dedicated to mastering the routines, and everyone involved has had a blast doing it.
Reshma is a professional dancer who has toured as a backup dancer with Madonna and Ricky Martin and is currently on “Hit the Floor” on VH1.