Yes! And... Collaborative Arts 2016

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts 2016

"A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills, curiosities and habits of mind of an educator, who can effectively engage a wide range of people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts." —Eric Booth


teaching statement

The first time I met you I knew I was going to learn lots from you. Now comes the day you prepared us for and I was right.
— 5th grade student

I believe everyone can learn, think, and remember with the body. Dance, like eating your vegetables, is essential for personal vitality. 

Through dance, I foster self-esteem, teamwork, respect, and creative agency to youth from a range of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.  In the classroom, I introduce a curated toolbox of choreography and dance theater prompts to artistically address themes related to identity, relationships, community, traditions, and social values. Students work collaboratively, engaging the imagination, and learn foundational dance vocabulary  to refine technique, uncover movement potential, and to attain sound knowledge of the body.  I celebrate and invite fruitful movement exchange with the expectation that students will take pride in their creative journeys.

Within movement, there is freedom to express, freedom to create, and a release of inhibition that builds a robust work ethic and develops leadership qualities. 

Thank you for challenging the students this summer through movement. They really felt ownership over their movement and it was all because of you.
— Yes! And… Collaborative Arts Camp Director
Thank you, Belle. And thank you for everything you are doing for the students. They come back to class talking about what great dancers they are. You are doing a lot for their confidence.
— 3rd grade Teacher
 
Dance Teacher Magazine, June 2016

Dance Teacher Magazine, June 2016

Dancing Classrooms 2015

Dancing Classrooms 2015

Dancing Classrooms Final Competition 2015

Dancing Classrooms Final Competition 2015

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts 2015

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts 2015

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts 2015

Yes! And... Collaborative Arts 2015