What is something that you want to fix in your industry?
I love seeing the difference dance can make in a students life. To see students gain confidence in themselves and their abilities is extremely rewarding. I would always hope that the studio can be a safe place for students to be able to express themselves no matter what they are going through outside of the studio.
What do you do at DDA?
I teach our competitive ballet program and the Sr musical theatre class.
Did you have a favorite style of dance growing up?
I would always SAY ballet was my favourite style of dance because I wanted to impress my ballet teacher haha. It was definitely jazz though! I liked the high energy classes the most.
What is your favorite thing about dance?
There are SO many things I love about dance. If I had to pick one though it would be the ability to create story or emotion through movement; both for the audience watching and for the dancer on stage.
Tell us about your credentials/past experience to work in your position!
Teaching for 9 years – Training through DDA, ESB, Edmonton Musical Theatre – Certified instructor for Ballet Jr and Progressions Grades -Examined in Cecchetti Method -Graduated post secondary with a Music Major
What do you like about working at DDA?
I love working at DDA because of the family atmosphere. I love the way the teachers look out for the students and the way that the students care about each other.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I’ve been a bridesmaid for 8 weddings and coordinated close to 20! This summer though, I got married to my husband Chris. He’s from Scotland. I also LOVE to travel! That’s 3 fun facts haha!
Where do we find you when you are not working?
I love being outdoors, travelling when I can and spending time with my family and friends.
Your advice to younger dancers?
You can not microwave technique! Dance takes time , effort and dedication. No step is ever “too easy” if you’re truly working to improve. Which means you can never do too many plies, tendus and releves ;). Also, know that your teachers want to see you succeed! Take their corrections! It’ll only make you better!