Volunteer Spotlight: Trishna Saigal
1. Tell us a bit about who you are?
I was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey as a first generation Indian American. I have always had a strong connection to my culture and visited family in India regularly. I love to travel and learn about other cultures and of course dance styles. I am a Chemical Engineer currently working at The Clorox Company as a product developer.
2. How did you hear about Dancin Power?
I noticed Vania (Founder of Dancin Power) wearing a Dancin Power shirt and was asked her about the organization. As soon as I learned about the program's mission and approach I was hooked!
3. What has been the most impactful experience while volunteering?
There have been many special moments watching the children express themselves through movement in DP classes, but if I had to name one it was during a class with a Spanish speaking healthy hearts focus group. I was teaching a Bollywood choreography to a group of girls and boys while their parents were meeting with the doctor in another room. The children were so proud of themselves that they asked if their parents could come watch them perform. I was amazed and so impressed with their enthusiasm and courage! Performing dance for an audience can be intimidating and these kids learned the dance that day and were ready to show it off! It was such a moving experience to see how empowered the kids felt and to be able to facilitate that journey for them.
4. Why do you volunteer with Dancin Power?
I volunteer with Dancin Power because of how passionately I believe in the power of dance and movement to affect our physical and mental state of being in a positive direction. I am amazed every time I come to the hospital at how brave the children are to cope with the situations they are facing and love that we can bring some joy to their lives. I volunteer with Dancin Power because I can truly feel how much the children enjoy our program.
5. What has been your favorite moment while volunteering?
One of my favorite moments was when a mother was taking our class with her son. During the partner work they were trying really hard to get the moves right and were laughing and helping each other. It is a great feeling to bring that joyful environment for the children and their families.