Profile: I am passionate about the art of dance education. As a teacher, I believe that dance provides children with many valuable life skills and can have a positive impact on a youths’ growth and development. I also believe in developing and sustaining healthy dance practices and working towards reducing injuries and educating dancers about their bodies.
Competitive Dance Program Director: Rhythmic Soles Dance Academy: 2009-Present
Teaching an average of 25-30 classes per week in Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern, and Acro as well as choreographing competitive numbers. Included preparing students for ADAPT Jazz & Tap Exams from Junior 1- Intermediate 3 Level (Female & Male Variations).
Dance Competition/Festival Adjudicator: Various Organizations: 2008-Present
Providing age and developmentally appropriate feedback in a positive manner to young developing dancers. Organizations have included: Catch a Rising Star, Champions Dance Competition, Drumheller Music Festival, Wild Rose Dance Arts Scholarship Program and Synergy Dance Competition.
Guest Lecturer/Speaker Various Organizations: 2008-Present
Healthy Dancer Canada (Calgary 2017), Healthy Dancer Canada (Vancouver 2010), IADMS (Netherlands, 2009), U of C DNCE 463 (Calgary 2009), Trinity Laban (England 2008)
Dance Teacher: Calgary: 2003-2007
Taught weekly class, choreographed and prepared dancers for ADAPT exams as required for studios including: School of Alberta Ballet, Dance on Edge, McDonald Wilson Dance Academy, and U of C (Mini U).
Dancer: Calgary 2003-2007 & London 2007-2008
Performed in multiple Dance Montage and Dance MainStage shows at the University of Calgary. Performed in the “Jack Petchey Theatre Challenge” at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London and “Me and My Girl” at the famous London Palladium Theatre. Received many awards as a competitive dancer including “Most Outstanding” at the 2003 Calgary Triple Threat Dance Convention. Represented her region at BC Performing Arts Provincial Festival three times (twice for Stage, once for Modern).
Alberta Dance Educators Association Conference : Edmonton, AB–2017
International Dance Teaching Standards Level 1 Course: Medicine Hat, AB—2016
The Ballet Blog (Lisa Howell): Level 1 Teachers Course: Calgary, AB—2015
Acrobatic Arts:Calgary, AB — 2013 & 2014
Rhee Gold Dance Studio Life Conference: Phoenix, Arizona —2013
Dance Teacher Summit: New York, NY —2012
International Association of Dance Medicine and Science: The Hague, Netherlands—2009
University of Calgary: Bachelor of General Kinesiology: Calgary, AB —2009
Laban: Masters of Dance Science and Research (Distinction): London, UK —2008
University of Calgary: Bachelor of Arts Dance (Distinction): Calgary, AB —2006
Associate Dance Arts for Professional Teachers (ADAPT-Brian Foley): Moose Jaw, Sask —2004
Awards & Recognition:
Received 36 Competition Choreography Awards
– During the most recent 2016-2017 Season
Great Canadian Dance Challenge (Medicine Hat)- Grand Champions -2013
Danceworks Festival (Red Deer)- Choreographer of the Year- 2012
Youth Resiliency Program- Positive leader in the Community- 2010 & 2011
IADMS Student Research Award The Hague, Netherlands-2009
Program of Dance- Spirit Award University of Calgary-2006
Canadian Millennium Excellence Award Canada-2005-2007
Alberta Dance Educators Association
International Association of Dance Medicine and Science
Healthy Dance Canada
Dance and the Child International
Journal of Dance Medicine & Science, Volume 16, Number 4, December 2012, pp. 161-166: Correlations Between General Joint Hypermobility and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome and Injury in Contemporary Dance Students