Gutsy Gal of the Week ~ Danielle M. Biggs: Elon University Senior, Class of 2015

Danielle impressed me with her 3 minute video telling her story of Family, Tradition, along with her Goals, Dreams and Visions. You will be saying “How old is she”? Some will say she is wise beyond her years.

After spending some time with her and learning more about her life, I say she represents what is possible for our young female adults today. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs, both Mom & Dad. Listening to her story you will see the values that she was shown from an early age.

No wonder she is as focused and clear on who she is, what is her message and who she wants to serve. As a young women, she knows her power and she is ready to let the world see it. Danielle is the youngest recipient of the Gutsy Gal of the Week Award. Every woman, man & parent can learn from her and her story. I encourage you to check out her blog.

I am proud to introduce you to Danielle Biggs.

Watch her 3 min video first; compliments of Taylor Sharp, Elon University ’16 @Taymsharo

Danielle: “What Does Gutsy Gal Mean To You?”

People Say I’m A Gutsy Gal
By Danielle M. Biggs

When I hear the term Gutsy Gal I immediately think of some sort of visceral explosion. I believe the word gutsy is a bold choice – much stronger than confident, brave, valiant, etc. A gal whose passion and zest for life naturally oozes out of her with every word she utters, every step she takes, every difference she makes is a gutsy gal. Gutsy Gals are also known to love out loud.

Everything within a gutsy gal, the core of who she is, the beat of her heart, the essence of her being…is displayed in her leadership, compassion, and standards for excellence.

The “gutsy-ness” can never be turned off once it is ignited. She is unstoppable in pursuing her purpose and shines brightly in and through the lives of others and through her own life. A Gutsy Gal is a deliberate change maker, an incandescent spark who lights fires that help brighten and disturb the universe to help improve it.

People tell me that I have always been a Gutsy Gal. My bio below and my blog entries might indicate why they say that.

WOW, Makes me want to start my Gutsy Gal Revolution all over again!

Dani’s blog:

Dani’s Bio: Danielle M. Biggs, a native of South Brunswick, New Jersey, is a Senior BA Arts Administration and BFA Dance Performance & Choreography Major at Elon University (Elon, NC). She is President and Founder of The Epsilon Chapter of The Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity, Inc.

where she promotes the fusion of dance, academia, and community service with her Executive Board and fellow Delta Chi Xi Scholars. Dani is a proud member of the Elon Dance Company, and in 2014-2015 she and her fellow Class of 2015 dancers will produce, promote, and choreograph a full Thesis Production.

Dani interviewed for and was selected out of hundreds of international applicants to be an Elon University Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow in 2011. She and her Leadership Fellow Cohort study traditional leadership literature and practice their leadership skills on Elon’s campus, as well as off campus during internship and work opportunities. Dani is an Office Assistant at the Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life and the Artistic Coordinator of the center’s weekly inspirational event, Numen Lumen.

During the inter 2013 term, Dani traveled to Ghana, West Africa to study abroad with one of her dance professors and a group of Elon University students. In Ghana the group donated laptops and clothing to village students, and taught dance classes and performed in villages throughout the country.

Dani is known as a busy-bee who loves to spend time with family and friends, cook and juice, make green smoothies, cheer for NY sports teams with her Dad, shop with her Mom, dig into good books/blogs/vlogs/Pin boards, travel, and do community service. Dani is an aspiring Arts Administrator pursuing a career in Arts Administration.

She will use her diverse skill sets to blend the business, legal, and educational aspects of the Performing and Visual Arts. To help prepare for her career, Dani interned at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey for two summers, The Elon University Truitt Center for Religious & Spiritual Life during her Junior year, and the Urban Bush Women dance organization in Brooklyn, New York during one summer. Dani will pursue a Master’s of Business Administration degree after graduating from Elon.

Photos of Dani in Ghana: All photos by, Kweku Keyys Asamoah, of Keyys Media (our official tour photographer). More photos on her blog and on Facebook. Please contact Danielle if you would like to see more photos.


Dani performing at an elementary school assembly in Cape Coast.
Dani and her six new best girlfriends! After performance in Cape Coast.

During our stay in Cape Coast, my classmates and I were able to visit both the Elmina and Cape Coast Slave Dungeons. Words really cannot do justice to what we saw. We toured around the very locations my ancestors were held captive before being shipped to the New World. The experience simultaneously reminded me of how grateful I am for the bravery, intelligence and beauty of my ancestors. It is ONLY because they stayed strong against the harsh realities of slavery that I am here today. I owe it all to them. (Photo Credit: Jason Aryeh)

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