Bachelors Degrees > Ellis College of Arts and Science > Biology Department
Ali Brown is biology major and dance minor from Atlanta, Texas who plans to attend medical school after finishing her bachelor’s of science degree at Henderson. To some, this might seem odd, but she explains, “I love science and dancing allows me to study the movement of the body and also be artistic which to me, is something that everyone should venture out and experience.”
Ali continues, “I chose a liberal arts education because I believe that without the opportunity to experience the diversity of studies one cannot reach their maximum potential and appreciate all aspects of life. I came to Henderson to experience the college life and to experience the diversity. It allowed me to be in Showband, Dance Company and a biology major and experience campus life in a way no other college could.”
She has been dancing for a total of 16 years. Growing up she was trained in ballet and then later took on tap and jazz within a few short years. She attended Tammie Duncan School of Dance for 15 years. In elementary through middle school she was a part of Texarkana Community Ballet and participated in the annual winter event The Nutcracker, with occasional performances in Coppelia. Ali is now a faculty member for the Saline County Arts Project as a Ballet teacher.
“Dance is something I started at a young age and I knew it wasn't time to give it up,” she makes clear. Obvious also is her desire to share her interests with others. During the summer of 2011, Ali participated in the DREAM BIG Arts Initiative in Little Rock, sponsored in part by the THEA Foundation and the Arkansas Dance Network. The purpose of the initiative is to provide families and children with exposure to the arts in a meaningful way. Ali performed an excerpt from last season’s “This Struggle..These Stripes…Our Legacy” and a musical theatre selection from Chicago’s “All That Jazz.”
Ali looks forward to medical school and says, “I am going to medical school because I've always had an interest in the body and in health. Being a doctor will allow me to have a job where I will be able to love what I do.”