Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher

Parker, CO
United States

Bio

I currently teach at The Colorado School of Dance (http://www.coloradoschoolofdance.com), Summit Dance Academy (http://www.summitdanceacademy.com), and Parker Performing Arts Charter School (http://parkerperformingarts.org) in Parker, CO.

I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in World Arts and Cultures from UCLA with an emphasis in dance composition and dance education in 2008. I moved to Parker, CO with my family after my now almost nine year old daughter was born in 2010. Our family loves Parker and my little girl dances at all of the above dance institutions too. I love teaching all the kids here - ages 6 years to 18 years. I am the founding dance teacher at Parker Performing Arts Charter School. We opened three years ago; I have around 400 students grades first through fourth. We do all styles, some of which even include modern, Capoeira, Bollywood, and Tap!

I am an advocate for the importance of dance in early childhood education, and I am familiar with the National Dance Educational Organization standards for dance education. I have taught master classes and conventions across the US and Canada with over twenty years experience teaching jazz, jazz technique and conditioning, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, and tap; over ten years experience teaching contemporary modern and improvisation to all levels ages 8 - adults. In my dancing past I was lucky enough to work with top commercial choreographers including Marty Kudelka and Michelle Johnston. My mother owned a dance studio for thirty years so I dance all styles. I was represented by Bloc and BBA dance agencies in Los Angeles for film, stage, and television. I was a member of unions SAG and AGVA. I have recently performed "Pixelated" with Apex Dance here in Denver and am still performing.

Education and Training

* Bachelor of Arts, World Art and Cultures from UCLA, graduated Cum Laude in 2008
Courses in major: Kinesiology; Skinner Releasing; Performance Theory; Interdisciplinary and Multi-Media Composition; Dance Composition; Early Dance Education; Arts Activism; Dance for Camera and Video Production; History of Modern Dance, History of Hip Hop
* Certified member of Texas Association for Teacher’s of Dance
* CPR Certified (infant through adult)
* EDGE Performing Arts Center scholar, 1998-1999

Teaching Experience

Founding elementary dance teacher at Parker Performing Arts Charter School - Summit Dance Academy - The Colorado School of Dance - The Dance Academy – Fusion Dance Studio – MNR Dance Factory – The EDGE Performing Arts Center – Time 4 Class – Corinne A. Seeds University Elementary School (UES) – Palos Verdes High School – Roosevelt High School

Choreography Experience

Parker Performing Arts
Fossil Ridge High School
Disney Team Building
Nefful International Industrial
UCLA Senior Honor’s Project Showcase
Fusion Choreographer’s Showcase for four consecutive years
Bijan Mortizavi live in concert
Surrey Dance Festival
Kids Dance L.A. Convention

Resume

Film & Television Col 1 Film & Television Col 2 Film & Television Col 3
"A Cinderella Story"dancerMichelle Johnston
"American Dreams"dancerMichelle Johnston
A-Teens music video "Floor Filler"dancerimprovisation
"Angels Baby"dancerTravis Payne
"Minnie and Me"dancerMarguerite Derricks
McDonald's commercialdancerArtist: Carlos Vivas
Marsh's commercialdancerRobin Antin
Commercials Col 1 Commercials Col 2 Commercials Col 3
McDonald'sdancerArtist: Carlos Vivas
Marsh'sdancerRobin Antin
Stage Col 1 Stage Col 2 Stage Col 3
"Il Circo"dancerAmy Gayle
"Moulin Rouge"dancerRay Garcia
"Dream to Extreme"dancerDrew Burgess
Tarbell AwardsdancerBecky Ewing
"Mystic Rhythms"acro-aerialistTom Vanucci
Pink - American Music AwardsdancerMarty and Shawnette
California Adventures Opening CeremoniesdancerJimmy Locust
Pro Dancers Society LuncheondancerLiz Imperio
"The Fifth Element"dancerRyan Heffington
"Jesus Christ Superstar"dancerJimmy Locust
"Toy Story 2"dancerTerry Lindholm
"Pixelated" with Apex DancedancerDavid Reuille

Stats

Gender
Female