Teaching Philosophy

 
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater, Grimm Education Workshops 2015
Teaching Experiences

Lighthouse Youthe Theatre/Drama Bee

I first joined LYT as a Drama Bee educator and guest choreographer for their summer program. I then became involved in planning their Annual Gala and after that my role as an employee grew and grew! I now teach Drama Bee classses and train new Drama Bee educators, choreograph and stage manage the Junior Workshop, Mainstage, and Protege productions, as well as organizing the props and costumes for all of the performances. This job has had many challenges while I explore Musical Theater as a choreographer, educator, and stage manager, but I have a great respect for the program and the students that come through it. 

Dance Factory Ridgefield​

I joined the teaching staff at Dance Factory Ridgefield, then called Ridgefield Dance & Fitness, during the fall in 2017. I began teaching the advanced ballet classes and acro for all levels. In December 2018 I also performed as the Sugar Plum Fairy in their performance of The Nutcracker!

Scarsdale Ballet Studio 

I began by teaching a choreography class for the 2014 summer intensive and throughout the last few years I have subbed for the beginning ballet and creative movement classes. Then I moved up to teaching their Intro and Level A ballet courses, as well as subbing for some of the higher level ballet and pointe classes. 

Camp Rhythmo

During the summer of 2015 I taught a choreography dance class for an hour every day. In addition to creating lessons I also choreographed dances for their performance at the end of the camp that combined my own choreography with what the dancers created.

Grimm Educational Workshops

In the summer of 2015 I worked on creating and running educational workshops for the children’s performance of Grimm! for the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater. I worked with the cast and creators of Grimm! to create a workshop focused on building a community through storytelling. I organized registration and the day to day running of every workshop, as well as having traveling workshops, which visited camps and schools around the Lehigh Valley.

EGC Dance Center

I had the opportunity to work with my family while teaching at EGC Dance Center, which is owned by my Aunt Erica! During the studio's first year I was able to teach ballet, and creative movement. It was a wonderful experience to learn about the work that is needed to open a dance studio and my aunt graciously showed me that and much more! 

MCDC​

Before joining the Muhlenberg College Dance Center as a teacher, I went through teaching courses, as well as a teaching practicum. During my practicum, I worked with my professors and other student teachers to learn about MCDC and gain experience teaching in a classroom. I was also able to go into public schools and teach some after school programs and host young dancers at Muhlenberg. Since joining the staff I have taught creative movement I and II, beginning and advanced ballet, pointe, beginning jazz, and intermediate/advanced modern.

 

Lesson Plans

Creative Movement Sample

Beginning Ballet Sample

Advanced Ballet Sample