All Grade Levels Through College, Dance, Teaching Experience of 2o years
DISCIPLINE // Dance
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION // I am available before, during, and after school. My programs (flamenco and salsa) would begin with an overview of the history of that dance style and the role that dance plays in community. Then lessons in rhythm, listening to music, and feeling the heartbeat of the music follow. Walking, clapping and the Latin hip are central to movement. After we’ve explored the rhythm and music, we begin partnering exercises. Technique for connecting with a partner, body awareness, moving as one across the floor, and using pressure and body cues as the “words” for your dance “conversation” are next in the program. Once students are comfortable with leading, following, listening, and cueing, we begin introducing moves. Latin cultural norms and influences are discussed as we move through the program. Latin attitude and presence are VERY important when teaching Latin movement and partnering. Confidence is key. With confidence in self comes confidence in movement and confidence in conversation.
TEACHING ARTIST STATEMENT // I’ve been a teacher for almost 20 years, 10 years in elementary education and 9 years at the college level. My purpose for applying to be a SPARK! Arts instructor is to teach dance. For the past eight years, I have taught dance for the Downtown Dance Collective, University of Montana, Lifelong Learning Center, Missoula County Public Schools, Girl’s Way, Girls Using Their Strengths, and many other local organizations
ARTIST STATEMENT // I am VERY MUCH a roots dancer. The dance styles I study and teach are those styles rooted in rhythm and community, like all Latin dance forms (salsa, merengue, bachata, cha-cha-cha) and flamenco. I believe Americans have, sadly, moved away from community social dance, which can often be the heartbeat of a community. Teaching children how to “reconnect” with their peers, in the form of a dance “conversation” is my goal. Partnering with someone teaches you how to listen, how to respect your body and that of your partner(s), how to communicate with movement. Dance also instills confidence. Understanding your body and how it moves, learning to stand with purpose, to move with purpose, and developing a vocabulary of connected touch are at the core of every class I teach. Students who are comfortable with their bodies and how they move are more confident, which boosts overall happiness and refines communication skills.
GRADE LEVELS // K-12, College
CONTACT INFORMATION // (406) 239-1479 / Email
BADGES EARNED //
Embracing Differences to Make a Difference: Professional Development Training: September 2018
Dance Integration Certification 2018: SPARK!, University of Montana & CoMotion