“For me, dance is not just physical or recreational, it’s spiritual. Dance is a form of creative and cultural expression that gets my blood pumping and makes me feel alive,” says Shanita Gopie Liu ’07, who traces the source of that feeling right back to Wheaton.
Liu, who was born and raised in Queens, N.Y., discovered her passion for dance at Wheaton, where she was co-director and choreographer of the multicultural dance group Trybe.
Since graduating, she has continued to dance. In September 2013, she performed in the New York International Salsa Congress, an annual dance and music festival, with her semiprofessional salsa team, Lorenz Latin Dance Studio’s Mambo Clasico.
In her professional life, she was recently promoted to director of college programs at KIPP Through College New York City, which is part of a network of free college-preparatory schools created for students from underserved communities.