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.
What inspires you?
Music. I love music more than anything. If there wasn’t music, I wouldn’t do anything. I listen to music every single day. I’m really obsessed and infatuated with music and sounds. I like picking out layers and patterns. I like picturing what a sound looks like.
What is one of benefit of learning an art?
Dancing is a type of detox to me. When you dance and you’re really in the moment, you’re working out whether you know it or not.
What was your own arts education like growing up?
It started in front of the TV with the Fly Girls. Looking back, I don’t even know what I was thinking. I just remember saying, “This is so great.” It just made sense.
And some of the things I remember from school are things we learned through music. I remember learning Spanish through songs we had to sing. I still know all those songs in Spanish.
“Shea is a really good instructor. She should be on ‘America’s Got Talent.’” -Student, age 8