Kiara Burmeister

Q: What advantages have you gained from being in the group? 
A: I have become more confident on and off stage and I very thankful for that because I used to be extremely shy.  Dancing, along with other activities, have helped me with my time management and priorities.  I have also met some of the best people at dance, who I know I will keep in touch with even after I leave.  


Q: What are your plans for after retiring with QCBF? 
A: I will be attending Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA.  I will be pursuing a major in Chemistry with a collateral in Environmental Science with hopes to work with water quality and treatment. 

​The students of the Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico are eagerly preparing for the 2018 QCBF Summer Showcase, which will be held on August 11th at Schweibert Riverfront Park in downtown Rock Island, IL.  This event is sure to be an amazing night of traditional Mexican dances filled with vibrant colors, joyous sounds, and elegant visuals.  However, it will also be a bitter sweet evening as the QCBF will be saying farewell to two retiring students - Sammie Hernandez and Kiara Burmeister.  We were able to ask them a few questions to gain more insight on their experience with the QCBF. ​

Sammie Hernandez

​Make sure to attend the 2018 QCBF Summer Showcase to see all of our students perform and witness the last performance by Sammie and Kiara.  We hope to send them off with a bang as we applaud their accomplishments and years with the QCBF.  ​


Q: What advantages have you gained from being in the QCBF?
A: I believe I have learned accountability, selflessness, and persistence.  There are so many other skills I have gained but these are just a few of them.  I think throughout various years of dancing, I’ve learned to be more accountable for not only items but for myself and my efforts.  Also, I think I have learned to be more selflessness as a person and a dancer.  Although some may not consider dance a “sport”, it’s still an activity where teamwork is just as important whether if  you’re in the choreography or not.  I have learned to be more of a team player on and off the dance floor by not only my spot up but also congratulating others when they get put in.  Finally, I have learned persistence.  I won’t lie, it was a little difficult joining the group with little to no dance skill and a little intimidating at first.  However, I am grateful for this now because I think it gave me motivation to better myself and continue dancing.  


Q: What are your plans for after retiring with QCBF? 
A: This fall, I will be attending Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.  I plan on studying Exercise Science and Spanish on Pre-Physical Therapy Track.
 

Q&A with Sammie Hernandez and Kiara Burmeister


Q: When did you start dancing with the QCBF? 
A: I started when I was around 9 years old. 


Q: Why do you dance in the QCBF? 
A: From the start, I was so intrigued by the sense of community at practice as well as the performances done by the group.  I had never seen anything else like it and knew it was something I wanted to be apart of.  I have continued to dance not only because of all the friends I have made, but because of the sense of pride I feel while dancing.  


Q: When did you start dancing with the QCBF? 
A: I started dancing when I was 7 years old. 


Q: Why do you dance in the QCBF? 
A: I started dancing because my mom wanted me to, but  I stayed with it because I enjoy performing and showcasing my culture through dance.  The opportunities and experiences that the QCBF offer are also why I dance.