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My class is inspired by a variety of dance and movement concepts including traditional modern techniques, yoga, gyrokinesis, pilates, Gaga technique, sprinkled with a little ballet and a dash of jazz.  Pulling from a mixture of principles informs the body in contrasting, yet complementary and harmonious ways. The class allows dancers to work for their most expansive and expressive selves.  We take the time to find our skeletal foundation, then move outwardly through the muscular, and finally arrive onto the sensing, responsive, alive skin surface.  Students deepen their sensitivity to the environment around them and apply their entire moving bodies and minds to the present moment we all share. Through imagery, tactile applications, and very fun, eat-up-the-space exercises, not to mention, enjoyable tunes, students learn and grow together.  My class honors every opportunity to examine and develop one’s artistry by pulling from our collective passion to dance.

Hope you can try it sometime! Current schedule : Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 11:30-1pm @ Steps on Broadway NYC.

I come from a family of great teachers with my mom a retired dance instructor and my dad a retired high school art teacher.  I feel so blessed for my love and gift of teaching people of all ages.  I usually teach in the studio with my regular classes at Steps on Broadway, but have also led unique, more nontraditional classes for non-dancers .  These seminars explore concepts and cultural ideas such as conflict and resolution for Global Youth Connect’s Human Rights Summit and camp counselors at Chelsea’s Hudson Guild.  Other locations I have taught include: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Peridance Capezio Center, Dance New Amsterdam,(NYC), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, New Trier HS, Lyons Township HS, Oak Park River Forest HS, Buffalo Grove Park District, Dixon Dance Academy, Northbrook YMCA (IL), Asheville Ballet Academy, Appalachian State University, and East Guilford High School (NC).  My relationship with the non-profit organization GAIN has also further encouraged my support and sensitivity for outreach.  It is very important to bring arts education into schools both nationally and abroad, and I aim to continue contributing to this vital mission.

Along with the Steps Ensemble, I taught in the preschool program at Chelsea’s Hudson Guild. I am also very proud of my work with The Leadership Program, an outstanding community based organization that allowed me to teach dance and art to NYC public school students. I also taught creative movement to special needs children at the McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics in Manhattan for several years.

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