Young Alumnus of the Year
The Young Alumnus Awards, which began in 2011, recognize graduates under the age of 40 who are making significant contributions to society or within their respective professions, and whose accomplishments and careers reflect favorably upon the college district or one of the three colleges.
to nominate a former student for Young Alumnus of the Year.
Riverside City College Young Alumnus of the Year:
Class of 2007
Owner of Room to Dance dance studio, choreaographer and producer
April MacLean was supposed to be a lawyer, but after taking a dance class at Riverside City College, her career plans changed instantly. From that moment on she knew dance was her calling.
As a former foster youth, she recalls her time in over twenty-two hoster homes and the sense of fear and ongoing trouble connecting with her feelings and to other people. Dance served as therapy and allowed her to heal and grow.
MacLean graduated from Riverside City College in 2007 with an associate of arts degree. She went on to the University of
California, Riverside, where she earned her baccalaureate degree in Dance.
After completing her education and seeing that there weren't a lot of opportunities for adults interested in dance in the city of Riverside, she co-founded Infuse Dance Collective, which houses both the Infuse Dance Studio as well as Infuse Dance Accelerator.
MacLean's love for the RCC Dance program is so strong, she continues to give back by mentoring RCC students and alumni. She wears many hats including: mom, dancer, teacher, choreographer, producer, administrator, business owner, author, lecturer, arts advocate, blogger, podcast host, and is the subject of an upcoming documentary.
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