Meet the Dancer Relations Team
As the largest student-run organization on campus, DM at FSU prides ourselves on our thousands of annual participants. This week, we meet Dancer Relations: the team that cultivates the "who" in what we do.
AZIA WILLIAMS, DANCER RELATIONS DIRECTOR
What is your role in Dance Marathon 2019?
This year, I have the honor of serving as the Dancer Relations Director. I oversee all Membership, Morale, Recruitment, and Outreach efforts to make sure that every person can find a way into this cause; that can mean anything from becoming a dancer, to volunteering, to being the delegate for an external organization. Over the course of the year, I help bring things like Dancer Registration and Volunteer Recruitment from concept to creation.
What is your favorite DM memory?
Ideally, I would be able to pick a different memory from every month since I signed up to be a volunteer during my sophomore year, but I’ll spare you in the interest of time and space. My all-time favorite moment was during last year’s Marathon weekend when all of CORE hit Comma Club. I wish I could go back to that moment every day because there’s nothing quite like seeing the collective impact of your efforts. The 60+ of us had grown to be incredibly close, and we stood at the gong basking in the glory of that moment together. I found myself surrounded by some of my best friends and the hardest workers I’ve ever known and I literally could not stop crying.
What is your goal/what do you hope to gain from DM this year?
I want to look back and know that I was the best version of myself. Not just as a leader and a fundraiser, but also as a friend. I want to do something that 4-year-old Azia and sophomore year Azia, and all the other past versions of myself would be proud of. Looking back, I could’ve never imagined that I’d be where I am now, but I’m here and it’s going to be the best year ever!
As Dancer Relations Director, how do you plan to impart the message of Dance Marathon to those involved?
I say this all the time, but when I look out into the crowd during Total Reveal, I want to see a group of students that’s just as diverse and widespread as our campus community. In order to get to that place, I think that it’s important to stress that there are various avenues for involvement within Dance Marathon at FSU. You can get involved through an organization or on your own, as a freshman or as a first year law student. With that in mind, I think that it’s important that we help people realize how they can connect to the cause, and show people the full line of things that we’re doing and ways that we’re helping. No one path is better or proper, as long as you’re with us during that first week in March feeling the magic of the Marathon.
MAKALA PEIRCE, OUTREACH CHAIR