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long time no see

12 Aug

The Jacksons

Hope you are having a great summer!

 

 

 

It’s been a minute since my last post and in that time I GOT MARRIED! My husband Nate and I tied the knot after 11 years together in a beautiful, joyous dance filled event with family and friends here in NY.  Surprise flash mob included : )

 

 

Classes at Steps have been going very well and I continue to learn and grow from my wonderful students.  I am constantly impressed with their tremendous improvement and feel blessed for the opportunities to “help souls feel lighter,” which is how one lovely gal described how she felt after classes.  What an incredible compliment!  Please join me Mondays 10-11:30am, Thursdays 7:30-9pm and Saturdays 4:30-6pm to explore together.

 

My experience as a first time judge for StarQuest International Dance Competitions this year also proved enjoyable.  It was exciting to see the young talent from around the country and offer guidance and insight for growth.  It also became quite clear the boundaries of appropriateness studios are testing ; /  I realized I am a self proclaimed Grandma in regards to the suggestive nature being elicited from these students.  ***For teachers, please realize your students want to grow up and emulate what they see on TV or in the older students in your schools.  Please work to keep things age appropriate from the costume to the facial expressions to the song choices to the choreography.   It is our responsibility to teach these values through our art form and as a judge, it does not make me score higher if I am uncomfortable.  Even with this, there were numerous pieces done well and dancers with very bright futures ahead.  Let’s see what 2014-2015 brings.

 

Stay tuned for more exciting news to come.

 

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one exciting week

13 Oct

This week was very cool for a number of reasons!

famousI made my NYC City Center debut at Career Transition for Dancers 28th Anniversary Jubilee BROADWAY & BEYOND celebrating Theatre and Dance.  This diverse program full of amazing talent honored the iconic Ann-Margaret with such celebs as Liza Minnelli and Rosie O’Donnell.  My brush with fame was topped off with a terrific performance of Josh Prince’s “Doggy in the Window,”  which won him DanceBreak a few years back and how he became choreographer of Broadway’s Shrek the Musical.  And I must give love and credit to Career Transition for Dancers. This is truly a great resource for anyone transitioning or simply in need of advice and guidance.  I highly recommend their services and expertise for whatever one may need.

Then the very next day my choreography was showcased ucofas a finale to the United Colors of Fashion 3rd Annual Gala.  UCOF is a New York City-based non-profit organization whose core mission is to empower youth through fashion.  Locally under-resourced youth are mentored AND provisions of financial assistance, food, and clothing are offered to youth in South Africa who are living with HIV/AIDS, sickle cell anemia and paralysis.

It was a privilege to be part of such honorable organizations and use dance as a means of awareness, growth, and community.

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Moving in that direction of commendable companies, I have begun working as a leadership trainer in the The Leadership Program.  Leadership is a dynamic urban organization that enriches lives, emboldens confidence and expands options by building strong leaders in classrooms and communities.  This incredible program is capable of achieving real change in school cultures and I am super excited to work with my Bronx middle schoolers in our afterschool dance club.

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