What is something that you want to fix in your industry?
It’s my hope that I can share my love of dance with ALL ages and abilities. Dance is truly for everyone and it is NEVER too late. Social media and Television have made the dance world look to be overly competitive and malicious. While there are places such as these in this industry, I am beyond grateful that our studio doesn’t represent these negative attributes. Our studio has remained a positive environment even in the competitive programming.
What do you do at DDA?
I teach the preschool programs (W&G, TT, MM and Mini MT), as well as competitive and recreational Tap for all ages (ages 5 to adult). I also teach Junior level recreational and competitive Musical Theatre, Acro and Adult Jazz classes. I also oversee the STEP program (Student Teacher Education Program), as well as design the Preschool and Mini Session programs.
What was your favorite style of dance growing up?
My favorite kind of dance growing up was always TAP! My love of Musicals (ESPECIALLY Annie!) made me fall in love with the art of singing and dancing.
What are your credentials/past experience, for working in your position?
I danced competitively from age 4-15. In high school, I decided I wanted to try team sports, which effectively ended my time as a competitive dancer. At 27, I decided that I wanted to take a few dance classes (at DDA when it was through community leagues) and within a few years I was given the opportunity to teach at DDA. Never in my wildest imagination did I think I would end up teaching dance. But I simply cannot imagine my life without it. I count my blessings every day that I am able to share my love of dance. As a young dancer, I danced in productions of “Oliver”, “Westside Story”, “42’nd Street” and “A Chours Line”. My passion for dance was always Tap, which was recognized by my childhood studio and was awarded with a full scholarship. It was then that I was introduced to Ballet, Jazz and Musical Theatre. I studied Ballet under famous Edmonton Teacher Mr. David Adams and have taken multiple classes and workshops in various genres in both Canada and USA.
What do you like about working at DDA?
I love that it allows me to share what I love. I get to work with the most ADORABLE children, talented dancers and amazing and talented co-workers! I also feel so fortunate that this job allowed me to be a “stay at home mom” during the days while my girls were young and I was able to work evenings and weekends.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I taught dance through both of my pregnancies and I have 2 wonderful little girls❤️ with my husband Scott. (PS- Don’t call him Mr. Cindy)
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Spending time with my husband and girls! I love reading, crafting (pretty much anything!) and I also fondly admire napping:)
Your advice to younger dancers?
My greatest advice to all dancers is to know that your dance teachers want you to be happy and successful in dance. You are the future generation of dancers!