I find joy in movement. I have been dancing all my life and have made a career out of dancing and teaching movement. I would like to share my love of movement education with you. My love for movement has led me to become a professional ballet dancer, choreographer, adjunct Professor of Ballet at University of San Francisco as well as a certified Alexander Technique practitioner. I love what I do, and love sharing my joy of movement with my students. Whether you are interested in injury prevention, would like to feel more joyful in your movement or are just curious about how somatics and ballet can work together, you may enjoy exploring this website and getting to know me.
For over ten years I danced ballet professionally with Miami City Ballet, the Alabama Ballet, and the Washington Ballet. Throughout my professional career I have continually experienced mind-body techniques as an important and valuable measure for preventing injuries. I firmly believe that body awareness and curiosity contribute to an intelligent dancer, performer, or artist. My curiosity in somatics has led me to yoga, Feldenkrais, and Alexander Technique. In 2003 I completed a three-year training course at the Alexander Technique Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts and am Alexander Technique International certified.
In addition to my ballet career, I am also a graduate of New College of California with a degree in Arts and Social Change.
Teaching is my passion. I teach ballet to all ages but concentrate on teens, adults, pre-professionals, and professionals. I have taught at ODC dance commons, MoBu Dance Studio, UC Berkeley and University of San Francisco. To further expand my knowledge and love of dance pedagogy, I have recently become certified by the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet in the Vaganova method of levels 1-3, and have done a certification in Revolutionary Principles of Movement (RPM). I have completed PBT course levels 1-3 and have extensive training with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (founder of BMC®). My summers are spent in the Berkshires working at Belvoir Ballet summer intensive with esteemed faculty.
Even though I have danced the majority of my life, I still have a curiosity and joy for dance that continues to evolve and grow. I am honored to be able to share my knowledge and joy of movement with my students.
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