- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Throughout my classes I hope my students gain the importance of ballet technique and performance that I hold for it. I wish to teach my students that ballet is not a strict, “no expression” form of dance, and to open their eyes to the freedom, energy and prevalence of it, so they can embrace the embodiment of it in their own way.
Diversity is prominent in the dance world, as I believe dance and art is what brings humanity together. Dance has a plethora of body types, ethnicities, sexuality/gender norms, experience and etc. I wish to shatter the glass on the idea of superiority that has been put on ballet culture’s reputation. In my class, I teach my students that all bodies and minds are beautifully different. The way one student has to execute a step will be different from someone else, because we all have our own strengths and weaknesses. I wish to show my students that anyone can train in ballet, and help them find the best way for their body to perform in class.
Within basic skills I include correct anatomical alignment to help avoid knee, hip, and back injuries. I firmly believe in maintaining a neutral pelvis, lifted and elongated spine, engaged back and proper use of turnout. Oppositional pulls is a concept I learned from instructors, that I pass down to my students to help with finding stability and length in steps like arabesque, attitude turns, èpaulè, and balancè. To avoid the growth of bad habits that could eventually cause injuries, I use repetition in my exercises and emphasize reminders and corrections for proper execution.
Additional emphasis in my class is focused on the importance of optimal use of plié, proper placement of hips in extensions, core stability, integration of upper and lower body, and musicality.
Within all the hard work that goes into class, the idea of mixing it with fun is enticing for me. My classroom is productive and welcoming between me, the students, and the accompanist. I let my students know that when they make a mistake it is not the end of the world, and that there is room for laughter when appropriate. An over-thinking mind is something that blocks an artist from achieving what they desire, and by leaving room for mistakes, laughter, and exploration it gives room for students to find the quality, nuance, and freedom in their work.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 18+
- Teaching since:
I'm a performer, choreographer, journalist, and certified yoga instructor. I hold a BFA in Dance and a Minor in Journalism from California State University, Long Beach where I graduated Cum Laude. In addition, I am a 200-RYT with Yoga Alliance after receiving my training through Long Beach School of Yoga under the direction of Ram Bhakt.
With dance, I have received training from professional artists Bernadette Alverio, Rebecca Lemme, Gracie Whyte, Laurel Jenkins, Keith Johnson, Lorin Johnson, Sophie Monat, John Pennington, Lisa Johnson, Alicia Head, and Rebecca Bryant.
Currently, I am a company member of Authentic: Grooves, and was formerly a company member of SURGE Dance Company. During my time at CSULB, I have performed in faculty works by Lorin Johnson, Rebecca Lemme, Rebecca Bryant, and student works by Jasmine Mosher and Taylor Worden.
I have attended the River North Dance Chicago 2016 Summer Intensive and BODYTRAFFIC's 2017 Concurrent Winter Workshop where I trained by and alongside company members under the workshop direction of Sara Bibik (RNDC) and Tina Finkelman-Berkett (BT). In 2016, I had the privilege of performing Rebecca Bryant’s ASKQUESTIONSLATER at the John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts for the American College Dance Association’s National Gala in Washington D.C.
For yoga, I teach a wide-range of yoga styles, with an emphasis on healing, somatic techniques, and Integral yoga principles. I have been practicing yoga for several years and teaching since 2017. Most of my classes consist of Gentle Flow practices to focus on finding space and stillness, providing the body an opportunity to unwind, heal, and restore. However, I am trained to teach Vinyasa Flow, Integral Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Iyengar Yoga. Currently I teach for Free Yoga on the Beach in Long Beach, CA.
My mission is to inspire students to find the stillness and breath in life, starting on the mat. Through a balance of flow and somatic technique, my classes will take you deeper in your practice. As a dancer and athlete, I understand the demands the body goes through daily, and firmly believe that yoga should reflect the opposite of your lifestyle. Implementing tactile adjustments and healing intentions, my classes will help you unwind, restore, and open up. I believe that through the steady practice of yoga, we can restore ourselves and bring zen to our lives in an already hectic world.
I have experience writing for the performance arts—specifically dance—entertainment stories, and media design. During my education, I was published in CSULB's Daily 49er university newspaper several times for the CSULB Department of Dance concerts. I actively write for the dance blog Spot LA run by Monica Reid where I report on the thriving LA dance scene.
I aspire to continue working in a performance company, write about dance, teach dance and yoga, travel, and continue my education to attain a M.F.A. in Dance.