Teaching Philosophy

Photo by Betsy Mann

Photo by Betsy Mann

Whether it be through detailed discussions of movement pathways and effort qualities in a technique class, or self-studies of movement habits in a choreography class, I help my students become more fully articulate movers, scholars, and art makers by shedding light on their habitual patterns. In this way, students find greater freedom through understanding the range and depth of the choices available to them.

My hope is that students come to think of their time studying dance not as a siloed experience, but as part of their overall education and lives. The practice of dance inspires an empathy towards others, a sensitivity to relationships both within the body and between ourselves and the rest of the world, and a sense of bodily knowledge about who we are and what we believe—it is for these reasons that I feel that the practice of dance and dance-making are a vital part of any education.