Maddie Oxford

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Year:

Rising 4th Year

Position running for:

President

Who you are and Relevant experience:

Hey Salseros!

I’m a rising fourth year, biology major who fell in love with Salsa my first semester. Growing up dancing ballet for 14 years, I came to UVA a little lost about what to do next, but Salsa quickly became my home and introduced me to some of my best friends. I am running for President because this club is the biggest part of my life at school, and I would be honored to help guide it next year.

Throughout my time here, I have held multiple executive board positions, in addition to choreographing two showcase pieces and being the Webmaster for two years. Since my first year, I have been an instructor for the club. Teaching and getting to know members every Monday night has been an absolute privilege. Through this experience, I have grown as a social dancer, gained confidence addressing large groups of people, and been able to share my love and developing knowledge of several styles of Latin dance.

My second year, I served as a Social Chair, organizing bonding activities, our first ever bar night, fourth year gifts, and some awesome parties! Through this experience, I got closer with more of you and got to hear what types of activities you want to see and how we can make the club more inclusive. This opportunity gave me insight on how to make such a big club more accessible to our diverse membership.

This year, I am serving as the Artistic Director, organizing the semesterly Showcases. This experience has honed my organizational skills, shown me how to maintain a budget, and taught me how to delegate tasks and manage dozens of overlapping deadlines. I recreated auditions to make selection more fair and worked to get as many new members involved as possible. While Showcase is one of the biggest Salsa events and one of my favorites, I do not want it to seem like the only important part of the club, especially to those who do not make it or chose not to try out.

This year’s executive board has brainstormed ways to increase inclusivity and retention and to expand focus away from just Showcase and parties. One of these ideas that I hope to implement is to appoint a Social Dancing Chair who will encourage and organize carpools to IX Art Park and run Ohill Forum social dancing. I also want to determine a better method of communication, such as GroupMe or a text blast, to make sure all members stay connected and up-to-date on our fun social opportunities, like Pizza on the Lawn. This year, we have also worked closely with the Latinx Student Alliance to increase the cultural humility of Salsa Club, which is an initiative I will work to continue and expand.

Given this experience, I am confident that I could work well with the new executive board and our members to lead this amazing club to our best year yet! I appreciate your time and consideration, and I welcome you to reach out to me at mao5bd@virginia.edu with any questions.

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