Sheena Geiger: Dancing Her Way to Japan

From DavidsonNews.net

At Davidson Day, she is known as “Madame Geiger” and is one of two French teachers for the school.In two weeks, though, Sheena Geiger of Davidson will set aside her classroom work to fly to Japan and join a team of performers marking the 40th anniversary of the Osaka World Expo.

She will be part of a group organized by World Campus International, a Tokyo-based nonprofit that encourages intercultural exchanges.

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Sheena Geiger at her desk in one of the French classrooms at Davidson Day

“Learning about other cultures, that’s my passion,” Sheena said. “I love learning languages and meeting people from around the world and traveling.”

Raised in Nova Scotia, Sheena said she grew up speaking Gaelic and step-dancing in the Scottish style. Her booth at the 40th Anniversary World Expo event will offer information about Canada. She will be able to both sing and dance at the closing ceremonies.

Performing in front of large crowds is nothing new to Sheena. Before coming to Davidson Day, she represented Canada in the professional performing group, Up With People, and spent last summer in Denver helping them choreograph their current world tour show. Now that she is based in Davidson, Sheena continues her interest in dance as a CheckMate, a cheerleader for the Charlotte Checkers.

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Sheena Geiger is also a cheerleader for the Charlotte Checkers. Here’s a photo of her singing the Canadian National Anthem at a recent Checkers game.

The Osaka events will take place from March 10-16, and the trip will cost $2,500. Sheena is seeking sponsorships, and hopes to offer presentations about Japan when she returns. You can contact her by email (sgeiger@davidsonday.org).

Besides the thrill of the performances, which will have to be pulled together quickly according to a rigorous schedule, the World Campus International group will be offered opportunities to learn more about their host country.

“They’ll be matching us with families and giving us language lessons,” she said. “I’m so excited!”

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