What is something that you want to fix in your industry?
I want to make our studio a place where every single student and their families feel welcome. I believe that as a company, we have done that – our studio is warm, welcoming, and a super fun place to be! It feels like a family, and I am so proud to be a part of DDA.
What do you do at DDA?
I teach jazz, ballet, lyrical, and tiny toes!
Did you have a favorite style of dance growing up?
Ballet when I was younger and jazz as I got older.
What is your favorite thing about dance?
I love performing! Being on stage is so much fun, especially when you get to share it with your friends and show off what you love to do in cool costumes.
Tell us about your credentials/past experience for working in your position!
I’ve been dancing since I was 3 years old, and I danced competitively at DDA from age 11 to 18. During my time dancing, I trained in jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, tap, acro, and musical theatre. I started student teaching when I was 15, and have been a teacher here for 4 years now. I’m currently finishing up my Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology/education, and I plan on getting my elementary education degree next!
What do you like about working at DDA?
I love DDA so much. I’m able to work with the most incredible team and I get to teach so many amazing young dancers. It allows me to share the passion that I have for dance with the next generation of dancers, and watch their love for the sport grow. My favorite thing about teaching is watching my dancers grow from their very first class in September all the way to their final performance on stage in June.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I’m from England!
Where do we find you when you are not working?
When I’m not teaching dance, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, volunteering in classrooms, playing with my dogs, travelling, and drinking coffee.
Your advice to younger dancers?
Keep dancing!! There was a time where I almost quit and thank goodness I didn’t!