phrase that inspires you: b • passionate
Dedication and commitment mean next to nothing if done without passion. Dance has been and will always be something that I am extremely passionate about. Without dance, I would not be the person I am today. I like to pay it forward and give back to the art of dance by passing on my love of it to others. My favorite dance quote of all time is, "Great dancers are not great because of their technique. They are great because of their passion." - Martha Graham. Don't dance just because you happen to be good at it, dance because you LOVE it! Always b•passionate.
overview of my experience:
I am trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, kick, lyrical and pom. I began my training at Dancer's Elite Studio (now known as Center Pointe Dance Studio, in Crawfordsville) when I was four. Through my experiences, I have attended master classes with Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Chucky Klapow, Justin Giles, Stacey Tookey, Ray Leeper, Mandy Moore, Jason Parsons, Kenny Wormald, Anthony Morigerato, Tessandra Chavez and Barry Youngblood, among others. Previously, I taught dance for seven summers as an AmeriDance summer staff member and head instructor.
I am grateful to have been on staff here at Studio b since our opening in January 2014. I am a former member of the Crawfordsville Dance Teams (middle school--5 State Champion titles and high school--3 State Champion titles) and the Purdue University Dance Team (2013 NDA Division 1A Open Runner-Ups). I currently assist with the Crawfordsville Dance Teams. I am also the former Dance Instructor at Lafayette Jefferson High School in the Music & Dance Department.
what inspired you to start dancing?
My mom enrolled me in dance classes when I was 4 years old and I haven't stopped since!
what keeps you motivated?
Knowing that I am helping young dancers grow and mature as performers and individuals, plus being able to share my passion for dance, continues to push and inspire me as an instructor.
Member of middle school & high school Indiana High School Dance Team Association (IHSDTA) state champion dance teams
National and International team titles
National Dance Association (NDA) Collegiate All American
National Runner-Up Division 1A Jazz with the Purdue Dance Team
coach/choreographer for IHSDTA teams
Phi Beta Kappa national honor society
Lambda Pi Eta communication honor society
Purdue University graduate with distinction
trained in which dance genres?
what do you do when you're not dancing?
Read, watch tv (guilty pleasure), play with my pets, attend Zumba at Studio b and travel when possible.
why do you want to teach dance?
To inspire young dancers, to pass on my love of dance and to help instill a sense of self confidence in all of my students.
why do you teach at Studio b?
I teach at Studio b for the camaraderie of the amazing staff here, the hard-working and fun-loving students and because it is truly my second home. I am grateful everyday for the opportunity to share my love and passion for dance in such a warm, welcoming and positive environment. I can never thank Brooke enough for reaching out to me when the studio was just a dream of hers, and now looking back I can say I am SO glad that I agreed to meet up with her for coffee, even though we hardly knew each other at the time. :)
any other fun facts you'd like to share?
I performed with the Russian Ballet when they came to Lafayette when I was in 4th grade. It was an incredible experience! Also, I love all things Disney and Broadway!