April 18, 2016
Why do you dance?
I feel like I have to. I am most myself and at ease when I'm in the studio dancing, learning and creating with other artists. I saw a dancer at a conference accept an award one time and he said thank you in his "first language" with a small dance. That's how I feel and why I dance. It is the most natural way I know how to communicate.
If you hadn't been a dancer, what would you be doing?
I'd be climbing mountains and tromping through forests taking photos for National Geographic.
What other exercise/physical training do you spend time with besides dance classes? How does that help?
I teach and do pilates outside of the studio. Since I have scoliosis, pilates helps me find balance in my muscles that are naturally imbalanced. It also helps correct any strange movement patterns we develop in the studio from repeating the same choreography while we are rehearsing shows. When I have time, I also like to swim because I get great cardio without the impact on my joints.
What types of costumes are easiest to dance in? Describe your favorite costume you've ever danced in. Describe the most challenging/why.
I love dancing in dresses and skirts. I feel so free to move anyway I need to. I have so many favorite costumes! I really loved our dresses from Ray and Ella and I was a huge fan of my polka dot costume for the second act in DK's Beatles show. The most challenging things to wear are costumes that have lots of extra pieces on them. It can be tough to stay focused with so many extras flying around!
What is your favorite part of teaching dance? What's the biggest challenge? Where do you teach?
The best part of teaching is seeing a student's face light up when they discover they can accomplish something they didn't know was possible. Right now I mostly teach adults pilates and this wow
moment is an especially awesome thing to watch adults discover. So many people get to an age (it's different for everyone) and think that's it for any kind of physical accomplishment. I love watching my clients rediscover themselves and take on new challenges at any age.
What is your favorite guilty pleasure?
What one piece of advice would you give a student who wants to dance professionally?
Go to class. No matter where you are, how little money you might have, who you are with, go find a class to take. Meet dancers, talk to choreographers, see performances- be present and be you own cheerleader. I guess that's more than one piece of advice . . .