Kinesiology and Dance Alumna Serves Communities By Carrying out Arts

Alumna Cameron Cunningham is utilizing her undertaking arts schooling and appreciate of dance to enrich life and unfold pleasure in the Grand Valley and abroad. She started a non-financial gain group termed Reverent Rhythms for the duration of her junior year at CMU. Following modifying her major and profession route 5 instances, she graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Well being and Exercise Promotion and a minimal in dance.  

With a 4-member board of administrators, ten dance instructors and a single lights and seem technician, Cunningham’s ministry-centered studio in Grand Junction delivers classes to students from 18-months to senior citizen in ballet, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, contemporary, tap, musical theater, acrobatics, aerial silks and additional. Anyone can indicator up for lessons at 

“When I established Reverent Rhythms, the primary eyesight was for it to develop into an intercontinental ministry through the carrying out arts. When I was invited to educate dance in Uganda previously this year, I didn’t know what to assume,” Cunningham claimed. “Once I arrived, I was welcomed with open up arms and enthusiastic smiles. It was an remarkable prospect to educate the pupils and to master African dance from them as perfectly.”  

Cunningham’s invitation to Uganda came from fellow Maverick, Mathias Mulumba, who is now researching at CMU as a non-common college student. Mulumba is a indigenous of Uganda and grew up in the streets. He and his wife launched the Father to the Fatherless ministry to much better the lives of street kids, orphans, one moms and widows in Uganda through diet, housing, fostering, education and learning and vocational coaching.  

Cunningham and her team will bolster this ministry’s mission by producing a lengthy-term and sustainable accomplishing arts plan there. “We will do this by instruction folks up on the ground, creating a studio there, and opening it up for executing artists from all all around the entire world to arrive and teach at the F2F campus,” stated Cunningham. She will return to Uganda to continue this do the job in January of 2023.  

In addition to the community studio and Uganda mission, Reverent Rhythms instructors educate dance at Fruita Community Heart, Hilltop, D51 after school programs and the local juvenile corrections software. 

The firm also attributes a touring skilled dance organization, and the New Era Scholarship application created to serve households in economical require in our group by generating carrying out arts classes and individual finance education accessible to them.  

“I have been blessed with an remarkable assist technique in this article in Grand Junction,” Cunningham explained. “It’s a group that supports not just me but also my company and ministry. Grand Junction is significant sufficient to have assets to grow a organization but tiny adequate to give you that hometown experience.” 

When questioned what assistance she would give to incoming dance and theatre pupils at CMU she said, “as you are working challenging to receive your degree, choose time to connect with the community local community. There are a lot of undertaking arts energy residences in this article in the Grand Valley and bordering locations. Network, connect and construct associations.” 


Prepared by Hannah Odneal