Training Highlights: BS in Dance Education from Radford University, K-12 Public School Teaching Certification in Dance, School of the Richmond Ballet, Martinique School of Dance, summer programs at Virginia School of the Arts, and Alonso King LINES Discovery Project
Career Highlights: Tampa Bay Ballet professional company member, Florida Dance Theatre professional company member, Adjunct Faculty in Dance at Southeastern University, Dance Instructor for Dickinson College, Opening 2nd Street Studio of Dance!
Years Teaching Dance: Over 15 years!
Favorite Style: Ballet and Modern are tied!
Favorite Thing About Teaching Dance: I love getting to pass on my knowledge to students and helping them improve. Light-bulb moments when a student starts to understand a concept are amazing! I love dance history too, and being able to educate students about the history of the “where” and “why” is exciting so they have context and a deeper understanding.
Favorite Thing About Owning a Dance Studio: Pretty much everything!! I love being able to create the studio atmosphere I had always been longing for while teaching at other studios. I love teaching, choreographing, conceptualizing and putting on performances, bringing dance into the community, and working with such amazing staff, students, and parents!
When Not Dancing: Pretty much everything I do involves dance in some way! When not physically at the studio or Tutus and Tendus, I am working on future business plans, choreography, costume ideas, finding new music, reading the latest dance reviews of professional companies, or picking out the latest dance-wear styles to have at the store. I go swing dancing with my amazingly supportive and wonderful husband, Tom when we have down time. He is an Associate Professor in the Biology department at Oakland University, and I am so happy for his job to have brought us into this wonderful community!
Why Did You Open Tutus and Tendus: When I started the studio, we sold a small number of products to our customers mainly for the convenience factor. I wasn’t really happy with the quality of products available to us as a studio and not a retail store, and our space was not really big enough to accommodate the needed stock. We were not only servicing dancers at 2nd Street Studio but we were getting calls and visits from students alI over the area looking for dancewear and shoes. I decided to create Tutus and Tendus, to make sure not only my students were getting the supplies they needed, but to bring a large selection of high quality dance products with friendly, knowledgeable service to the entire area! I LOVE spreading the joy of dance!!
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