Teaching Philosophy

 

As a dance educator I strive to give all students the tools and confidence they need to be successful both in and out of the classroom.  My goal is to produce independent thinkers and explorers who are not afraid to approach any challenge with creativity, curiosity, and assurance.  I teach dance students to work in a manner that is safe for their bodies, respectful of their surroundings, and cooperative with their peers.  Building relationships with my students is vital, and I endeavor to create a classroom environment that is safe for students by being conducive to questioning, experimenting, and collaborating.

 

I believe students perform at their best when my expectations for them are high, and they feel respected and valued.  Equality and fairness are essential to my classes, as I believe every student has the potential to grow and excel as an artist.  I begin each course by teaching students at their current level of ability, and then raise the bar to help them achieve new goals.  It is my duty to be prepared, to communicate clearly, and have a thorough understanding of the material I present.  I strive to be approachable, accessible, and maintain a sense of humor in and out of the classroom.  It is my hope that I can help every student find their passion for dance and the arts.

 

I have taught masterclasses, residencies, given lecture/demonstrations, or set work for the following:

 

  • The American College Dance Festival

  • The OhioDance Festival

  • OSU Summer Dance

  • Wittenberg University

  • Columbus City Ballet

  • Dublin Dance Center

  • Fremont City Schools

  • Worthington City Schools

  • Be3 Performing Arts

  • Powell Dance Academy

  • Peabody Institute

  • George Mason University

  • Artisan Dance Studio

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