As a dancer, Calvin Biesecker is always thinking one step ahead: planning where he’ll land and how he’ll get there – and how that step will launch him into the next and get him where he wants to go.
It’s no surprise, then, that he landed at the College. He knew it was exactly the move he needed to make.
“It just became the perfect match,” says Biesecker, whose family trips exploring coral reefs had cemented his decision to major in marine biology. “I saw that the College of Charleston was one of the best in the country for marine biology, so that was a huge factor for me.”
There were other factors, too – such as the fact that his mother, Charlotte Wasmer Biesecker ’89, had danced as a student and could attest to the many dance opportunities the College and city had to offer.
But when he was accepted into the Honors College’s Charleston Fellows Program, it was done: “I was like, ‘Well, that makes my decision really easy!’”
And it’s been easy to find his footing since he arrived on campus. Not only has the rising junior been inducted into the Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi and named to the President’s List multiple times for his academic excellence, he’s made connections that have propelled his dance career.
Biesecker began dancing at a young age growing up in High Point, North Carolina, eventually moving into the competitive dance world and winning national awards in hip-hop, jazz and tap. It gave him a creative outlet and an appreciation for life – and taught him discipline, commitment and responsibility, too.
“My experience in dance has been an integral component of my life,” he says, “and the College has provided further incredible opportunities for my growth, development and enjoyment in dance.”
To learn more about Calvin’s budding dance career, check out the full article by Alicia Lutz in the College Today.