As a teacher I am interested in rounded student growth through student investment and discovery. My teaching style is often high energy, upbeat, enthusiastic, and highly interactive. I work with people of all ages and abilities and in a wide variety of styles. I believe in fostering movement exploration and bodily integration. My teaching has ranged from classes in specific styles, general overviews, teaching assistantships, and dance education integration courses.
Through my time at the University of Montana and in Missoula I had many opportunities to teach and work in the community. This past year I taught at Ballet Arts Academy, teaching tap and jazz classes to students ranging from 6-15. I also have had the wonderful opportunity to teach at many festivals and conferences including Thespians, UM Days Prospective student day, American College Dance Association Northwest Regional Conference, and the Missoula County Public School Discover Your Future Conference. Through the M.O.D.E. Program in Montana, I taught in three separate school classrooms teaching integrated dance and academic core classes as well as specific dance styles. I worked with two Elementary School classrooms and two High School Classrooms, working with 10-25 students in each group. At the Missoula County Public School Conference, I also had the opportunity to share dance integration with groups of students during two and a half hour workshops.
Dance has instilled in me countless benefits and discoveries, shaping the way I see and interact in the world, giving me my voice and confidence, integrating my body, and connecting my spirit. As a teacher, I aim to share these gifts and discoveries through movement with my students.
Ballet Arts Academy (August 2014-May 2015)
Taught tap and jazz classes to students aged 6-15. Class preparation and structure, skill development, culminating recital dance and choreography.
University of Montana Modern Class Teaching Assistant (Spring 2015)
Teaching Assistant with Nicole Bradley Browning. Assisting in course planning, creating combinations and improvisation structures, class feedback and corrections and class development to classes of 10-20 students.
American College Dance Assoication Northwest Regional Conference (March 2015)
Assisted professor Nicole Bradley Browning in facilitating a contact improvisation workshop class.
University of Montana UM Days (September-December 2014)
Taught upbeat intro dance classes to prospective students and their parents, giving them a taste of dance at the University level.
Thespians Festival (February 2015)
Taught two jazz dance workshop sessions for High School students.
Teaching Movement in the Schools –Integrated Dance Education (September 2013-May 2014)
Taught movement courses to three separate classes at Sentinel High School, Chief Charlo Elementary, Lewis and Clark Elementary. Instruction of integrated dance education combining dance and academic concepts, as well as jazz dance class.
Missoula County Public Schools Discover Your Future Student Conference: Workshop Educator (May 23 2014)
Taught “Creative Dance Exploration” teaching movement and creative dance concepts and skills to groups of 20 elementary aged students from schools around Missoula.
UM Children’s Dance Intern (Fall 2013)
Intern teacher for Children’s Dance classes at the University of Montana. Assisting with class instruction along with lesson planning and leading class.
Teaching for the Disabled Intern (Spring 2012)
Teaching experience working as an intern for all abilities dance classes at the University of Montana.
Flagship Theatre and Dance Summer Camp Dance Instructor (July 2014)
Dance Instructor for summer camp: teaching jazz classes leading to a culminating show mixing theatre and dance, collaborating with the theatre instructor and camp program leader.
Missoula Parks and Recreations Summer Camps (Summer 2014 –May-August 2014)
Taught upbeat dance classes for summer camps based in Missoula parks.
Camp Manitou Canada (June-August 2012)
Dance Instructor and Camp Counselor. Taught classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip Hop to kids ranging from 5-15 with the end results of two camp shows.
Flagship Flashmob Choreographer and Lead Teacher (October 2011-April 2013)
Dance Instructor and Lead Teacher, Lowell Elementary
Lead teacher for flash mob collaboration between UM Dance department and flagship. Choreographed and taught flash mob dance to college-aged teachers and to a class of 4th and 5th graders with the end result of a large group flash mob at Southgate Mall.
New Vision Dance Center (2010-2011)
Assisted in the instruction of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary.