Education

Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)                                                         2016
M.F.A. in Dance: Performance & Choreography

Brenau University (Gainesville, GA)                                                                2013
B.F.A. in Dance Education
Georgia Professional Certificate of Education K-12
Magna Cum Laude

American Intercontinental University (Atlanta, GA)                                     2004
B.F.A. in Fashion Design & Marketing
Summa Cum Laude

Additional Education

American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum                                2018, 2020, 2021
Certified ABT Teacher Pre-Primary – Level 7

Progressing Ballet Technique
Certified Instructor                                                                                            2017

Balanced Body University                                                                               2015
Pilates Mat I & Mat II Instructor

Recent Work Experience

San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts                                         2016-present                                      

Dance Department Chair, Ballet Faculty
Co-Director of Annual Summer Dance Intensive             

·       Serves as Dance Department Chair, producing dance concerts, guiding and contributing to development of nationally accredited performing arts curriculum.

·       Full-time teaching responsibility grades 6-12: Ballet (ABT Curriculum), Pointe, Conditioning, Choreography & Composition, Pas de Deux, Dance History

Florida State University                                                                                     2013-2016                                          

Assistant Director of FSU Summer Intensive Dance Workshop (2015)                               
Counselor of FSU Summer Intensive Dance Workshop (2014)

·       Assists Director by participating in strategic planning and implementation to grow profitable program from two to three week intensive

·       Responsible for supervision, coordination and training of counselor staff, while focusing on the overall welfare of the students

Instructor of Record (2014-2016)

·       Teaches Intermediate Ballet for Musical Theatre Majors, Beginning Ballet Levels 1-3, Pointe Technique for Majors, Pilates Mat

·       Teaching Assistant for Classical Perspectives on Dance/Ballet History course for undergraduates          

Special Events & Community Relations Assistant (2013-2015)

·       Plans and executes FSU School of Dance special events including the Suzanne Farrell Young Dancer’s Workshop, Summer Intensive Dance Workshop, School of Dance auditions and bi-annual concerts

Ballet Arts Conservatory of Tallahassee                                                           2014-2016

Associate Director

·       Choreographed and directed full-length ballet productions including Cinderella, Snow White and A Midsummer Night’s Dream in addition to setting work for festivals and ballet competitions

·       Teaches Ballet, Pointe, Variations and Pilates Conditioning for annual summer intensive

Gainesville School of Ballet/Gainesville Ballet Company                                2011-2014

Teacher/Rehearsal Mistress

·       Teaches Junior Company & Company Ballet and Pointe classes

·       Assists Artistic Director with rehearsals for productions, choreographs work for company repertoire

Principal Dancer/Guest Artist

·       Performed professionally with company in lead roles in full-length productions including The Nutcracker, Alice in Wonderland & Cinderella

Expressions in Motion Dance, LLC. (Atlanta, GA)                                            2009-2010

Lead Teacher

·       Developed a K-4 dance curriculum for an after-school enrichment program in the Atlanta metro area servicing multiple public schools, retaining 99% of students based on monthly re-enrollment

·       Taught Ballet, Jazz and Hip-Hop for over 75 students K-4 and choreographed/co-directed final end of the year performance

 

Volunteer Experience

San Diego Dance Connect                                                                             2016-2018                                          

Steering Committee Member                  

·       Serves on the board providing opportunities to network, communicate, advocate and share resources in

Recent Honors and Awards

San Diego Unified School District Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) Spotlight Award (2020-2021)
VAPA Spotlight Award for “Creative Community Engagement”

McCallum Choreography Festival, Palm Desert, CA (2018)
Finalist, Episodic Interlude

San Diego Unified School District Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) Foundation Grant (2018)
VAPA Grant Award Winner, $2500 to attend the ABT National Teacher Training Intensive

Florida State University (2013-2016)
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Recipient, Full Scholarship, Tuition Waiver, Teaching Assistantship, Friends of Dance Scholarship Recipient

Brenau University (2010-2013)
Extraordinary Senior in Dance Award, The Joyce & Harold Dick Education Scholarship, The Carol Smiarowski Memorial Dance Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Who’s Who Among American Universities