SALADO, TX — A 22-year-old in the Village of Salado has made it her mission to inspire teenage girls in her community.
Averi Fischer graduated from Texas A&M in May and is now spending her summer teaching a hip-hop class.
"I want this class to be a place where girls can just let loose and have fun, and see yourself in the mirror mess up and be okay with it, and like just realize that it's about having fun.” Fischer said.
Averi said her inspiration for the dance class came from her own battle with insecurities.
"What are people going to think of me, how are people going to look at me, how are they going to treat me differently, are they going to judge me and think of like, who I am differently because of my looks? And the thing is like for me, getting over that loop and dancing did play a role in that, and I just wanted to help other girls along, too," Fischer said. "I believe that every girl is beautifully and wonderfully made and was made for a special purpose."
Fischer said in the three weeks she has hosted her class, she has already seen positive change.
"It's cool to see their confidence building, especially some in my class where the first day they come, and they are just standing there and scared and hesitant to move at all. As the classes go by and as they keep coming back, they are building that and it's so amazing to see,” Fischer said. "I just want girls to know that you are awesome. You can do it."
Fischer is holding her dance classes at the Salado Martial Arts Studio every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of July.
The dance classes are for girls from junior high through high school.