Being unique makes us stand out from the mundane and the ordinary. Each one of us has our unique way of learning and dancing. As a ballet instructor, it is my job to figure out how best to bring out the uniqueness of every student. We all learn in different ways. I learn best by physical example, by seeing the movement or patterns first. Others may learn better by an explanation of the movement. Once we learn these skills, we can display them for the world to see how unique we are.
Why do you teach dance?
I teach dance to pass on all the knowledge that I have acquired over the past 45 years. It is a wonderful feeling to see your students learn and develop. I have several students who are now working in the professional dance world. I'm incredibly proud of them because I know that their journey is one of dedication and hard work.
When did you begin in dance?
I started dancing at the age of twelve. As the child of a single mother who worked all the time, I managed to get into my share of mischief. Luckily for me, an amazing man and his family moved in next door to us. He was an artist, musician, clown, and a great jazz dancer. He could see that I needed a guiding hand and took me under his wing. He introduced me to ballet for the first time, and it changed my life forever.
What keeps you motivated?
I feel motivated when I give a student correction, and they take that correction and apply it. Then you see it clicks for them, and they improve. After all, that is why I teach ballet to help students to learn and grow.
What is your professional background?
It has been my great pleasure to have sustained a professional ballet career that spanned over two decades in the United States and Europe. I have performed all major classical and contemporary works and have worked with notable figures in the world of ballet; additionally, I have garnered recognition for my work dancing character roles upon retiring.
Ballet Internationale, Guest Artist
Ballet Austin, Principal Dancer
Ballet Arlington, Guest Artist
Orlando Ballet, Principal Dancer
Why do you teach at Studio b?
I have transitioned to teaching and have found renewed joy in passing down the roles I was coached in as well as inspiring the new generations of professionals.
If you see a guy riding a big wheel unicycle around town, it is probably me. I have been riding unicycles for 47 years. I have been to national and international competitions and have two gold medals for distance unicycling. I have also used the unicycle in several ballets. I choreographed a ballet titled Rad-Tanzen, which translates to wheel dancing. It premiered at Saarbrücken Germany in 1986 and has since been repeated by the Indianapolis Ballet Theater.
"Dedicated Dancer Award" recipient in 2002 from Ballet Austin for nine years as a principal dancer