Real Impact and Achievement

Yahira Robinson, UNCG Class of 2022

“I truly believe in dance therapy and the power of kinesthetic movement not only to teach people, but to help people.”

– Yahira Robinson, ’22 and Northern Guilford Middle School Teacher

Undergraduate Research in Dance and Teaching

At 12 years old, Yahira Robinson stepped onto UNC Greensboro’s campus for Dancers Connect, a free dance class for youth taught by faculty and students at the School of Dance. From that moment, her passion was ignited and her sights were set on becoming a Spartan. 

As a first generation college student, Robinson not only excelled in her dance degree she also pursued a second degree in elementary education. The combined studies included hands-on research that Robinson presented at a national conference – as an undergraduate student.

 “My research on integrated dance was really the turning point for me because I could be in the classroom and still teach dance, while also expanding my reach and impact by teaching math, science, or English at the same time.”

Robinson has seen, first-hand, the impact of integrated dance in classroom learning. She applied her research as she taught sixth-grade science full-time at Northern Guilford Middle School during her senior year. 

Learn how she balanced the demands of earning two college degrees, completing community service projects, all the while working full-time.

Why UNC Greensboro?

“It means a lot to me to have helped other Spartans find their way here, just like I did through Dancers Connect when I was 12. As a first-generation student, I feel like it’s important to be a role model for other students and show them all of the resources and opportunities the campus has to offer. I truly believe in the University’s message of ‘find your way here.’ I found my way; I’m home. And I think being able to show other students that UNCG can be their home, too, is really special.”

– Robinson, ’22 first-generation college graduate

Yahira Robinson UNCG Class of 2022

Find Your Way Here

UNC Greensboro is relentlessly focused on helping each student unleash their potential and make a meaningful impact with their life, in our community, and around the world, every day.

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Robinson,’22 is a first generation student who taught middle school while earning her college degrees.

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