Kristin Johnson – Operations Director

How many years have you been with raiseRED? 
2 years as Team Leader, 2nd year on Executive Board
What are you studying at UofL?
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Why do you dance?
I dance because multiple family members and one of my best friends had cancer. Ive seen the huge toll it takes on families, and the hurt it causes is only magnified when its a child. RaiseRED is incredible because of the money we raise, but to give these kids and families a worry free day where kids can just be kids means the world. Simply put, I dance because every child deserves a childhood.
Advice for first time dancers?
Chances are you’re not the worst dancer there, so just be yourself and have fun! You get out of it what you put into it and you’re working towards something much bigger than yourself.
Favorite raiseRED memory? 
My first year as a team leader, I had a dancer who was having a great time in the beginning but later in the night told me he was tired and didn’t want to be there anymore so he was going to leave in an hour or so. Soon after that a child told his story and I got to see his outlook on the event shift in a few short minutes. After that he was so excited to be there and to interact with the kids and recognized the difference he was making in their lives. He ended up staying the whole time and motivated the rest of the team when they were struggling.
Fun fact about yourself?
I can rap almost all of Hamilton and I’m only a little embarrassed.
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