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Teaching Philosophy

Everyone deserves to be seen and elevated to their next level. I see the studio as a safe space to embrace holistic challenges as budding artists go day in and day out fine-tuning their craft. There will be a plethora of challenges shifting before and during a class, and I find being malleable as an instructor is one of my great qualities when it comes to changing class plans. 

As a teacher, I emphasize the importance of creating a warm, welcoming environment: from my acknowledgement of dancers by name, encouraging autonomy and confident command of movement, and guiding them from permission-driven to risk-takers.


Additionally, when working with more mature groups, I invite horizontal-learning structures in which we share moments of revelation or appreciation to and from our peers while we go through groups or phrase-work. Hearing thoughts aloud from others spur curiosity and reveal how the material is received on the other end. I may hold key concepts and thoughts as a person in front of the room; however, it is exciting to bring in more voices to the conversation regarding the transference of movement ideas. 


  • 2023: Guest Teacher, "Contemporary Grooves," Spring Quarter, University of Chicago TAPS program

  • 2023: Contemporary/ Improvisation, Zion Dance Project: Summer Series, High School- Professional

  • 2021- Present: All-Level Jazz Instructor, Engage Dance Academy, ages 6-18

  • 2020- Present: Subbing Roster for Contemporary and Modern, Chicago Movement Collective, Adv/Prof Adults

  • 2018-2021: Contemporary and Repertory Master Classes, DanceWorks Chicago, High School- Professional

    • Institutions include: University of Michigan, University of Iowa, Point Park University, ChiArts High School, After School Matters,14th Internationale Tanztage Oldenburg (Germany)​

  • 2018-2022: Guest Lecturer, Music & Dance Improvisation Master Class, Chapman University Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music in collaboration with Professor Albert Alva, In-person & Virtual- 7 semesters 

  • 2019-2021: Contemporary Master Class, Northern Illinois University & Sam Houston State University

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