About Darcy C.

Darcy teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2007
Last sign in: Within two months

Overview

I am a Chicago-based teaching artist currently studying for an MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Until April, I will be available only for online lessons, but from April I will be available to schedule lessons in Chicago.

I have been teaching and tutoring in Chicago and the surrounding area for ten years and I am a cum laude graduate of Northwestern University. I love to get to know people, and I pride myself in being personable, adaptable to different learning styles, and an upbeat, positive person. Applied Theatre, the field I am currently studying, is a broad discipline, but my targeted interest within it involves how people learn through creativity and play.

I teach a variety of ages, levels, and subjects: My experience ranges from kindergarteners to high school English classes to adults older than myself; from tutoring in reading, writing and French to instruction in music and dance; and from large public school classes to one- or two- person private lessons. I invest a lot in my students and want to get to know each of them personally, whether they are five or 55.

A little about my background in the subjects I teach:

My life-long love of reading, writing and languages prepared me to succeed academically and on standardized tests. Among other awards, I became a National Merit Scholar and then a cum laude graduate of Northwestern University. I have had several writing positions and have published numerous articles and a long-term column. Experience matters when it comes to knowing how to draft creative content while maintaining impeccable grammar, style, and structure.

With each of my students, we begin with a discussion about goals and expectations on both sides. I want to know what your goals are with lessons. Do you want to score in a certain range on a standardized test? Refine your technique in music or dance? Learn something new just for fun? I am happy to help you work toward whatever goals you have (and really, it should always be fun).

From me, you can expect commitment, flexibility, clear communication, and positivity. Feel free to ask for references if you'd like!

Photos and Videos

"Riptide" is a solo I choreographed and performed at Glenwood Dance Studio's spring dance festival.

Experience

Teaching Artist
Dec 2015 - Present
Lookingglass Theatre Company

I work with third through sixth grade classes to explore themes from and adapt novels they have read in their English classes into scripts and performances.

Private Instructor (Dance/Clarinet)
Jan 2015 - Present
Private Families

I currently teach private lessons in clarinet and dance (ballet/jazz) to kids ages ten to thirteen. Dance lessons include technique and choreography.

Patient Life Volunteer
Mar 2014 - Present
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital

I provide arts, crafts, games and company to patients ages 3-12 in the Family Life Center or at their bedsides. I also perform in the weekly live and in-hospital televised production, "Storytime with Dot."

Teaching Artist
Oct 2013 - Present
Mudlark Theatre Company

I teach after-school drama enrichment programs and summer camps in which students write their own plays and develop stories as an ensemble, while honing skills in performance, physical theatre and design.

Teaching Artist
Sep 2014 - Aug 2016
Performing Arts Workshop

I taught after-school drama enrichment programs in which Kindergarten and first grade students wrote their own stories and performed them along with two musical numbers in a final showcase. I also developed and ran summer camps.

Dance Instructor
Sep 2014 - May 2016
Private Dance Center

I taught ballet, tap, hip hop and jazz to students ages 2-17.

Dance Instructor/Choreographer
Jun 2014 - May 2016
Private Dance Studio

I taught ballet and advanced tap to adults and choreographed full-length pieces for quarterly showcases.

Wedding Dance Choreographer
Jan 2015 - Jul 2015
Private Students

I taught a first dance for a couple's wedding and helped them rehearse and prepare for the big day. The performance was a hit, and the couple even decided to continue taking dance lessons.

I also choreographed a dance for a couple's anniversary music video. This couple had never danced before and the video involved a large amount of dancing. The video is currently being edited.

Teaching Apprentice
Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
American Theatre Company at Kelvyn Park High School

I led two high school English classes in producing a scene from a play called "The Royale" as part of American Theatre Company's Mosaic Project.

English/Reading Tutor
Sep 2014 - Feb 2015
Private Family

I tutored bilingual French children ages eight and three in reading and incorporated English vocabulary into creative play.

Teaching Artist/Actor
Jun 2014 - Jan 2015
Windy City Music Theatre

I taught musical theatre classes/camps, each of which ended in a fully produced performance. I also performed in a play for all audiences last fall called "The BFG."

Dance Instructor
Jan 2012 - May 2014
Robert Crown Community Center

I taught ballet, tap and creative movement classes to children ages 2-13, some with special needs. I developed the curricula for these classes (there was no preexisting program), and I more than tripled the retention rate, leading to the addition of two classes.

Artistic Supervisor
Jan 2014 - Mar 2014
Haven Middle School

I coordinated a school production involving 250 students in 18 musical numbers complete with singing, dancing, props, scenery, lights, and many parent volunteers.

Dance Instructor
Aug 2009 - Aug 2011
Batavia Academy of Dance

I taught ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and conditioning classes and camps for children ages 2-17. I also choreographed for recitals and competitions.

Private Clarinet Instructor
Aug 2006 - Aug 2010
Self-Employed

I instructed elementary and middle school students in clarinet technique and music theory. My students were accepted into the IMEA Honor Band and Aurora Youth Symphony, and placed into Division 1 in the Batavia Solo and Ensemble Competition.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Theatre)
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Northwestern University
French
Jun 2012 - Aug 2012
IES Abroad, Arles, France

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Aurand Harris Award for Excellence in Children's Theatre
Jun 2014
Northwestern University
William and Loretta Allen Endowed Scholarship
Jun 2012
Northwestern University
Communication Century Scholar
Jun 2010
Northwestern University
National Merit Scholarship
Jun 2010
National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Page McCloud Scholarship for Theatre
Jun 2010
Batavia High School
Kane County Chronical Achievement Award
Jun 2010
Kane County Chronicle
Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
Jun 2010
State of Illinois
Grand Concours Regional French Award
Jun 2010
Grand Concours Examination

Affiliations

Delta Epsilon Iota
Dec 2012

Delta Epsilon Iota is the bridge between outstanding students and Career Services. Since our inception, Delta Epsilon Iota’s mission has been to educate members about career development, encourage academic excellence, and promote the principles of Dedication, Enthusiasm, and Initiative in all aspects of campus life. Over the years, the Society has embraced these values and is now one of the leading academic honor societies serving higher education. Membership is comprised of outstanding scholars attending many of the finest educational institutions in the country. Organizational vision and cutting edge resources have made the Delta Epsilon Iota name synonymous with leadership and academic excellence.

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Silvana I. Mar 5, 2016
· Dance · In home
My husband and I both took lessons from Darcy and she was a great teacher with fantastic curriculum and very accommodating. Very happy with her and how our dance came out.
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Minhaj Khan Mar 3, 2016
· English · Online
Darcy is very professional and very easy going and willing to change course when required. She is working not only with my daughter but also keep me posted on her progress. My daughter likes her style and I have seen improvements with my daughter grades... Yes, I will certainly recommend her to anyone.
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Patty P. Jan 4, 2016
· French · In studio
Great instructor. A great help.
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Nasrin G. Jul 20, 2015
· · In home
Darcy is great! Very enthusiastic, always on time and very professional. She cares about her lessons. Recommend!
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Jen L. Mar 3, 2015
· Clarinet · In home
Darcy is a warm, thoughtful, patient teacher. She has a very calm demeanor and connected immediately with my 11 year old daughter. She gave each lesson 110% and I highly recommend her.
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