phrase that inspires you: b • brave
One of my favorite things about teaching is watching students surprise themselves with what they are capable of. A lot of times we hold ourselves back because we are afraid of failing, but the more brave we are and the harder we challenge the boundaries of what we know is possible, the more likely we are to improve and grow. The best thing you can do for yourself is take risks. You can't learn from your mistakes if you never make them!
when did you begin dancing?
I'm sure there was some sort of convenient carpool involved. I don't recall ever making the active decision to start dancing...it just kind of happened. I was a terrible student. I talked too much and distracted all the other students. I really didn't start paying attention in class until we got to jumps. I loved running and leaping and jumping around. Once I realized how athletic dance (specifically ballet) could be, I was hooked. I was also probably too winded to be chatty and distracting. If you're out there Miss Gina, I'm really sorry!
what keeps you motivated?
I'm a better, happier person when I'm dancing. Even if I don't want to go to class, I know I always feel better as soon as I start moving. Dance has always been a stabilizing force in my life. When I'm standing at the barre, I know exactly who I am and what I am capable of, and that's such a powerful gift.
I received my BFA in Ballet Performance for the University of Utah in 2015. Additionally I've attended summer intensives with Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet. I've attended contemporary workshops with Cedar Lake, River North, LINES, San Francisco Conservatory, and Northwest Dance Project.
trained in which dance genres?
why do you want to teach dance?
My dance training has informed everything I do. It taught me how to be confident as a person and let me be unapologetically myself. I think dance has so much power to instill passion and self worth into people who come in contact with it. My goal as a teacher is to empower students to feel the same way.
why do you teach at Studio b?
Dance, especially ballet, can feel a bit exclusive. I have always held the belief that everyone can (and should) dance! Studio b emphasizes all the positive qualities about dance. It has such an empowering message and inclusive atmosphere; it's something I really want to be a part of!.
I went to school in Utah and fell in love with the mountains. In my spare time, I rock climb and mountain bike, and yes, you can do both in Indiana!