I take great joy in helping students develop their artistic voices, refine their articulate bodies, enhance their ability to communicate and understand others, and deepen into the evolution of their unique vision and expression through their moving bodies. I think that each person is born with a natural sense of curiosity and an interest in discovery, and it is my goal as an educator to help students remember their curiosity, foster their awareness, and deepen their individuality through movement exploration. I take deep satisfaction in helping to facilitate growth for other artists, and I find that through this process I grow and come to have a more nuanced understanding of the material myself. Not only does dance teach students how to express themselves and how to find creative solutions to complex problems, the study of dance imbues students of all ages with a sense of confidence and self assurance that will serve them very well no matter what their path is. I feel deeply about the importance of dance education, and I think that it is a great privilege to help students express themselves, connect with one another, and explore their ideas and questions through movement.
I practice an experiential, deliberate, and joyful approach to teaching. I want students to understand how something works and why it works just as much as understanding what it is. In addition to explaining ideas and concepts, I lead students through experiences so that they can come to know the idea both on a physical and intellectual level, having felt it from the inside. I believe in unveiling the mystery behind concepts and structures so that students feel empowered to take ideas and make connections between my class and experiences they’ve had outside of class or material they’re learning in other classes. I encourage students to continue to build on class content, and believe that learning should lead to an interest in further learning and further discovery. I encourage students to be engaged and take satisfaction in their personal growth and the growth of their classmates. I believe that this creates an atmosphere in the classroom that is passionate, mutually supportive, and experimental.
My movement classes for beginners and communities focus on enhancing kinesthetic and spatial awareness, delving into improvisational structures, building a sense of group dynamic and responsibility, verbal questioning and discussion, strengthening and stretching, and layering of ideas and movement structure. Additionally I teach improvisation, which focuses on scores as a way to develop improvisational skills, group sensing, and choreographic material; choreography, which challenges students to try new and innovative approaches to movement generation, meaning-making, and compositional structure; ballet, which centers on finding balance, connection to space, and ease within form; modern dance history, which tracks major themes in Western concert dance and helps students place themselves within a personal dance lineage; repertory; and Pilates. My intermediate and advanced level contemporary technique classes focus on moving in and out of the floor, head-tail connection, use of momentum, picking up intricate set choreography, improvisational research, modulation of movement qualities, and development of individual artistic expression. A secondary set of goals is the understanding of basic anatomical structures, alignment, core support and hip articulation.
My teaching interests have allowed me to teach at universities, dance studies, community centers, Pilates studios, dance festivals, and in arts spaces of all shapes and sizes.