In teaching, I use my experiences to explain the technique of dance. Movement is natural but should always be explored on various levels. I want to find movement that fits best on the students bodies making their dance experiences something to treasure and always remember. Within teaching dance I offer historic parallels through classroom exercise. This is to enhance the students exposure to all aspects of the academic art form. I teach dance to enhance creative critical thinking skills. The students are allowed to define their uniqueness through inspiration and guided exploration. I teach dance students to be aware of how dance stimulates dancers and observers both intellectually and physically. I wish more than anything to integrate dance with other academic subjects such as, English, history, science, arts, and even math. Mostly I teach dance to show that dance is not just bodies moving, Its creative thinking, creative moving, and finding a creative voice.
I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I attended Skyline High School where I was a member of the Skyline Dance Company for 2 years and served as the Vice President my Senior Year. I was the Dance Sterling Scholar for Skyline High School in 2002. From there I decided to take the leap to leave home and go to school to progress towards my dream of Primatology (the study of Primates). I decided to begin my adventure at SUU and begin my journey in animal sciences. Well, I had a semester of not dancing and missed it in my life and changed my major to Dance performance. After a full load of classes every semester on top of dancing at least 8 hours a day I graduated in 2006 with a BS in Dance Performance with a minor in History. I taught dance at Point O Pines in Brant Lake New York the summer of 2006 and decided that after shoulder surgery I needed another plan to add to my bucket list. I went back to school in 2007 to complete a teaching degree in Dance Education and History. Upon finishing my classes I had to opportunity to do my internship at DHHS when it first opened and here I am today!
Aside from my love of Primates and Dance, I love to
do anything outdoors, either on dry land (hiking, repelling, camping etc.) or in or under the water (SCUBA, water skiing, boating, fishing, ect.). I adopted two of my best friends, Niobi and Tonka my English bulldogs who along with my beautiful daughter and wonderful husband keep me on my toes!