Jiji Shindler

Jiji Shindler
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
BA in Applied Dance and a Bachelor in Psychology

How did you first get interested in dance?
I started dancing at the age of 5, at my hometown studio, Gaston Dance Theater. I actually joined because my older sister was in dance and I really enjoyed watching ballet as a kid, so I asked my mom to enroll me in ballet classes. I continued my dance education at Gaston Dance all the way up until senior year of high school. 

What kind of career do you hope to have?
I’m not really sure yet. I hope to one day possibly join a dance company somewhere for a few years before I continue a career with my psychology degree. 

What is your favorite thing about the Department of Dance?
My favorite thing about the UNC Charlotte dance department is the community. Everyone is so welcoming and supportive of one another, and it’s just a really good and fun environment. 

Do you participate in any community activities or work in the Charlotte arts community? 
I am in the Charlotte Ballet Professional Training Certification Program. The program offers the student to take classes at Charlotte Ballet with the academy. I go about 3 times a week, and am able to expand on my ballet technique. I think this program is an amazing opportunity for anyone who is looking to have more serious training in ballet in college, and it’s really why I chose to attend UNC Charlotte!  

When you are not in class, studying, or working, what do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy going uptown and getting food with my friends. I also love hanging out around Charlotte and exploring new places.