The art and practice of dance is a powerful and transformative tool that promotes self-discovery and beneficial cognitive stimulation. The result of this, invites both physical and mental freedom that begins to shape and influence artistic identity, voice, and perspective. I believe that technical skill, body awareness, and creative freedom are the most important foundational aspects that must constantly be challenged and advanced in order to reach a heightened state of artistic expression.
My teaching style brings a richly diverse approach to movement that has been influenced by extensive training in ballet, modern, and traditional, contemporary, and social dances of the African Diaspora, as well as body conditioning exercises such as yoga, pilates, and strength training. My experiences and studies abroad have become an important part of my lived experience and artistic makeup, that continues to shape and inform the fusion of movement genres and teaching styles. Many Afro- Brazilian elements such as capoeira are evident in my class through use of grounded movements like “jinga” or the “roda” (circle), much like in African dance, that promotes a sense of connectivity, security, and healing. I look at dance through an inclusive lens that welcomes and celebrates different backgrounds, body types, and ethnicities.
As an educator, my goal is to create a safe and encouraging space where individuals can be challenged technically, while further encouraging movement exploration and expression that transcends beyond the skill and technique behind it. Through mindful instruction, I intend for my students to gain skills that will foster technical growth, self assurance, and empowerment, while discovering their own voice in the process. I delight in knowing that my instruction and guidance can strongly influence the trajectory of an individual's artistic identity. With this in mind, I strive to fully invest in the growth and progression of each student. My teaching approach welcomes individual interpretation of movement and ideas that further explores and promotes artistic freedom. While skill is important, my goal is not merely to produce a strong technical dancer. I am also interested in shaping dancers to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, contributing to continual evolution and innovation in the field of dance.
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