My teaching style and philosophy are firmly rooted in traditional methods of dance pedagogy reflecting a disciplined approach focused on assisting dancers in becoming proficient and well rounded artists. I believe that combining organic qualitative elements of both classical and contemporary idioms builds strength, flexibility and a highly refined sense of musicality, as well as, aesthetic and spatial awareness.
My class can best be described as a Horton based contemporary/modern class. The foundation of the class is rooted in Horton methodologies and is influenced by certain elements of Graham technique. The use of breath and release properties from other contemporary pedagogues, as well as, basic balletic / classical principles is also incorporated.
Aspects of yoga and floor barre a terre and Pilates method supplement instruction. This fusion of traditional techniques and alternative forms create an organic style of movement that is very accessible physically and emotionally to the disciplined student. The class also encompasses relaxing, therapeutic and cardiovascular properties that aid in developing a strong, versatile, cross trained dancer.
Throughout my years of teaching, I have found it essential to be direct and honest with students and myself.
I value the opinions of my students as fellow artists and treat each dancer as an individual, each at a different place on their artistic and educational journeys. Establishing and maintaining mutual respect is vital to the creative process.
The use of positive reinforcement coupled with insightful corrections that challenge physically and intellectually is paramount. Creating a safe place to take artistic risks is crucial for a dancers development and my sole objective is to elicit the best possible results from all of my students.
Remarkable results can be achieved through diligent, comprehensive training that encompasses knowledge of injury prevention and sound nutritional advice. In addition, the use of therapeutic holistic alternatives that support and care for a dancers body and spirit will dramatically enhance ones craft.