Lea Rose Allbaugh

Hometown: Brevard, N.C.
Bachelor of Arts in Dance; BA in Communications Studies

What launched your interest in dance?

My mom likes to tell me that when I was around two or three, I watched The Nutcracker on TV for the first time, and once it was over, all I said was “Mommy, dance.” She put me into ballet classes and I have been dancing ever since. I grew up doing mostly ballet alongside some jazz, hip hop, and modern, too. Over the years my love for movement and interest in dance has grown in different ways. At the end of the day, nothing makes me feel more present and in the moment than dance does.

What are your plans when you graduate? What kind of career do you hope to have?

At the moment, I’m not 100% sure what I want to do when I “grow up.” All I know is that I need to be able to travel and keep dance in my life. Career wise, I am interested in being a travel writer, working for a nonprofit, or doing public relations with a dance company. Somewhere along the line I would like to write a book and continue performing. For now I’m going to keep doing what I love and stay open to different possibilities!

What is your favorite thing about UNC Charlotte?

My favorite part of UNC Charlotte is the people I’ve met along the way. From friends, to peers, to faculty, I have been able to find a home away from home. I have been actively involved with the dance department since my freshman year, and it has made all the difference in my experience. Through classes and performance opportunities, I feel like a much more confident and well-rounded dancer than when I arrived.

Do you participate in any community cultural activities or work in the Charlotte community?

I am currently the Communications Officer for MOVE Dance Alliance. I love being a part of an organization that supports every kind of dancer and promotes student work. I also took a course led by Professor Tamara Williams called “Dance and Community Engagement” last fall. We worked with the local Camino Community Center to provide free dance classes to anyone and everyone. Access to dance classes is a privilege that can oftentimes be taken for granted, and giving that opportunity to others means a lot to me.

When you are not in class, studying, or rehearsing in the studio, what do you like to do for fun?

Anyone who knows me knows I am not the kind of person who likes to sit still for very long; I always want to go out and do things. One of my favorite things is to travel and explore new places. Visiting cities and towns gives me an excuse to try new foods, too. I also love hanging out with my friends, having movie nights, taking pictures, and sitting down to write.