When Shireen Rahimi, AKA Shea Boogie, first heard about Performing Arts Workshop, she thought we sounded too good to be true. But we feel like the lucky ones. The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into her classrooms is how much she’s loved by her students. It’s easy to see why.

Why did you become a teaching artist?

I’ve always enjoyed working with youth. And I’ve been working with youth since I was a kindergarten class teaching assistant in 7th or 8th grade. And I got my first teaching job when I was 16 years old to kids younger than me. I just love working with people. It’s always something I’ve enjoyed doing. And with dancing…I kind of just fell into it. And I realized how much I loved it. I’m sharing what I love to do.

Read more over at our 2011 Annual Report website.