I stopped by our weekly wine mess last Friday and was talking to one of our first year students, Arsineh Ananian, who comes from California. After we caught up on how the start of the winter quarter was going she reminded me of her dance interest and mentioned she was off to rehearsals. Arsineh started dancing when she was 5 and became a "professional dancer" around 18. She danced throughout college and did it exclusively between graduating from UCLA and starting at the Law School, traveling to Italy and Armenia and all over the US.
And the great thing is she didn't have to stop dancing when she got to the Law School because she found the University Ballet. UBallet is a ballet group created by a few undergrads at the University that offers free ballet classes throughout the week. They also put on two shows during the school year; one in the winter and one in the spring. She dances with the performance company and also teaches an intermediate ballet class as well. The show this coming weekend is "Sur La Glace and Duke Ellington's Nutcracker (w/live Jazz X-Tet!!)" It's going to be at International House also know a I-House, Friday 18th at 8 and Sunday 20th at 2.
And her dancing hasn't kept her from being involved at the Law School. She is a 1L rep for LSA and a member of Street law and helps out with admissions events. Here is a quote from Arsineh: "My biggest fear about coming to Chicago was that it would force me to leave behind my dance career and fall into a danceless abyss of law. I'm really happy that this is not the case and that I am able to work out my schedule to fit in all my school work and lots of dance."
So I hope this give you a little insight into the many wonderful students we have her at the Law School!