Meet Katie Lumpkin: A Passion for Dance
By Katrina Wood
While career goals are in the mind of KSU student Katie Lumpkin for her plans after graduation, she is also keeping up an interest and passion she has had since the age of three: dance.
Katie transferred to KSU from Birmingham-Southern College, and she said that coming to a school with a dance minor was exciting, for she “wanted to keep dancing,” even though her “career goals were headed in a different direction.”
From BSC’s dance program to KSU’s, Katie is building on her background in ballet dance. She said that once she overcame her stage fright as a small child first enrolled in dance classes, she knew she “loved performing.”
A member of the KSU Dance Company, Katie is in her second year. She says she feels the “motivational and inspirational” significance of being surrounded “by so many” of her “peers, who also have a burning desire to dance.” She has found that the company helps expose her to a variety of dance styles, and that she has grown more fond of modern dance because of this group.
“I’m grateful for the experience,” says Katie about being a part of the KSU Dance Company. She feels that performing with the company lgives her “a new perspective on dance.”
She is also working on a communication major, focusing on public relations and her desire to work in the non-profit sector after graduation. Katie is “an activist and advocate for reducing underage drinking” as a part of her role as Miss Coastal Georgia 2007.
With this organization, Katie is able to gain experience in her chosen field of work as well, for being involved in the Miss America Organization has helped open “many doors” when it comes to “tackling” the issue of underage drinking.
Katie feels that she is able to “make a difference” in her “community and state,” so with the dance minor at KSU and her varied activities, Katie Lumpkin will continue to be able to experience a little bit of both worlds.