ABOUT

 

When I was 12 years old, I had an epiphany. I was in my Friday afternoon ballet class at Bucks County Dance Center, marking through an adagio, and it hit me: dance was what I would be doing for the rest of my life. Since that day, I have been on a mission to empower and engage students, teachers, performers, and audiences through the transformative power of dance.

  • As a dance teacher, I aim to empower and engage students through dynamic training that focuses on growth in dance technique, artistry, and overall wellbeing through social-emotional learning.
  • As a choreographer, I aim to empower performers and engage audiences by providing an opportunity for both groups to see themselves, their communities, and the world in a new and more thoughtful, positive way.
  • As a blogger and the creator of The Holistic Dance Teacher, I help dance teachers who want to elevate their teaching practice without sacrificing work-life balance. I provide ideas and tools that help dance teachers easily plan and deliver transformational lessons, so that they can help their students grow in technique, artistry, and overall wellbeing through social-emotional learning.
  • As a dance advocate and writer, I tell the world how students, schools, and communities can be transformed through empowering and engaging dance experiences.

I was born in New Mexico, spent much of my life dancing in the suburbs of Philadelphia, and now call Arizona home after six years in the Washington, D.C. metro area. I’ve had the great joy of teaching students from age 2-60, from absolute beginning through professional levels, as a faculty member and guest artist at universities, studios, K-12 schools, and community organizations. For seven years, I co-directed New Street Dance Group with Krista Armbruster, one of my dearest friends and my creative partner-in-crime. I went on to co-found the NACHMO/D.C., a hub of the National Choreography Month initiative, alongside the amazing women of Glade Dance Collective.  I’m active as a teacher, choreographer, coach, adjudicator, and solo performer – you can visit my “Upcoming” page to check out where I’ll be next! 

I am a proud alumna of the University of Maryland, College Park, where I earned an MFA in Dance in 2013, and Desales University in Center Valley, PA, where I earned a BA in Dance in 2007.

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Photo by Zachary Handler

As a freelance dancer, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Vada Dance Collective, EDP dance project, Annex Dance, Tzevta Kassobova, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, Repertory Dance Theatre (PA), and Movement Source Dance Company. My choreography has been presented at Dance Place (Washington, DC), The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival (Washington, DC), Philadelphia FringeArts Festival, Touchstone Theatre (Bethlehem, PA), Baltimore Theatre Project, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (College Park, MD), The Phoenix Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, and Tempe Center for the Arts. I’ve collaborated with some amazing musicians and composers, including Alexandra T Bryant, Tomek Regulski, Geoff Sheil, Jonathan Cain, rogue collective, and The Radical Sound. My writing has been published by the National Dance Education Organization, in the U.S. Department of Education Arts in Education newsletter, and in Dance Education in Practice and Journal of Dance Education.

On my blog, I regularly feature dance teaching tools, curriculum and lesson ideas, commentaries on dance education, choreography, and arts and society, personal narratives about the intersection of feminism and the arts, and monthly inspirational takeaways.

Sign up for my quarterly newsletter to learn more about me and what I’m up to these days, and to receive free resources for teaching and choreography. References and complete CV are available upon request.

 

Top gallery, photos by Zebra Visual / Bottom gallery, photos by Eric Bandiero

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