Rahquelah Conyers

Hometown: Asheville, N.C.
Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Dance Minor

Give a little general information about yourself: How did you become interested in dance? How old were you when you began dancing?

I have always loved being expressive, ever since I was little. The arts were integral in creating a sense of purpose in my life, and I knew I wanted to perform. My initial experience of being in front of an audience came through cheerleading. Through my 16 years of cheer, however, I had a desire to dance and have more liberty behind how I chose to convey myself, and it wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I decided to fully dedicate my creative endeavors to dance. Sharing movement with others has become a critical part of what motivates me.

What kind of career do you hope to have?

I want to become a choreographer, creating and performing for different venues whether that be Broadway or award shows. I also want to specialize in therapeutic dance practices, having an emphasis on mental health.

What is your favorite thing about UNC Charlotte, the College of Arts + Architecture, or the dance department?

The Department of Dance is abundant with opportunities for students to grow and experience various dance genres and form connections that can propel your dance career in and out of college. They welcome newcomers without judgment and help students deepen their love and connection with dance, and I am beyond grateful!

Do you participate in any community cultural activities or work in the Charlotte arts community? If so, please describe.

This past semester, I choreographed the musical Helen on 86th St: School Edition for Concord High School under the director and UNCC Theatre Alum Alexandria Fife. I also perform as a backup dancer at various events, such as PRIDE with Theatre Alum Chris Nekeith.

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

I’m a huge nerd, so I like to play video games and watch cooking shows.