What do you want people to get from your class?
My biggest goal in teaching class is that the dancers truly embrace their individuality as artists. I grew up not fitting into the typical “dancer” mold, so it was always important to me to foster that individual style. I also strive to make a positive learning environment suitable for everyone during every class!
What motivates you to dance?
MUSIC !!!! Music & lyrics fuel my creative soul. The song tells me what to do, and I try to translate it into my movement. It has been a long process for me to truly find myself as a choreographer, but over the years of learning and training I have finally settled into what I call “my groove.” I was classically trained and teaching jazz & musical theatre come very natural to me, but I am definitely not your conventional contemporary choreographer. I like to take risks and push the limits past your typical idea of contemporary dance. Whether it is using unconventional music or fusing other styles with contemporary, I really try to step outside the normal contemporary box. So far it has worked well for me and I am super excited to keep exploring that side of my artistry.
What are some of the highlights of your career as a dancer/choreographer?
My career as a dancer/choreographer has been one that has been all over the map, literally. I have travelled and studied dance all over Canada and the United States. I have taken class from some of the BEST of the best in the industry. I grew up dancing competitively since I was 3 years old and started teaching my own classes at the age of 14. I won my first choreography award when I was 17 and I haven’t stopped trying to better myself since. When I was 21 I took over my first competitive studio and have been running Precision Dance Company now for 6 years. I also choreograph for multiple studios around Atlantic Canada and now I teach weekly classes at House of Eights! Branching out from the competitive world to the drop-in world is a new and exciting endeavour. I love the energy that House of Eights has. Watching my drop-in students excel and grow as dancers makes me push myself to excel and grow as a choreographer. How can I help them be better if I’m not making myself better? This is why I still travel and learn to grow as a dancer as well as a teacher. I hope that when people come to my class they get to experience the love and joy that I feel when I dance. Dance from your heart and let your feet follow!