"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
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.