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Welcome to my World of Dance! 

I can’t remember a time in my life that I was not dancing.  As a small child, I would always be twirling around the house moving and dancing to the music and rhythms of whatever records I could find.  After persistant pleadings, my mother enrolled me in my first ballet class when I was seven years old.  I was so excited I could hardly wait for the class to begin!
I vividly remember that first class.  I wore a peacock blue leotard (a very popular color at the time) and entered the dance studio with all the other little girls (including my sister and friend).  All these years later, my very first recital still holds a very special memory to me.  We danced to ‘Singing in the Rain’.  I thought I was the best thing going because I had a rainbow umbrella that was picked out especially for the show.  I still have the picture from that important day.  It puts a smile on my face every time I look at it.

My goal, as a dance teacher, is for everyone who dances with me to gain coordination, confidence, skills – both personal and interpersonal, stress relief, health, physical strength, agility, and the best effect of all is that of emotional well being.  It is vital to understand not only the physical benefit of dancing but also the tremendous psychological benefits of dancing as well. 

They go hand in hand.  Dancing keeps both body and mind healthy.  It’s a double benefit!  Braindance (don’t you love that name!) is used in my classes to help us warm up both our bodies and minds.  The movements of the Braindance are great because they can be done with toddlers through seniors.  Everyone can benefit!

Dance has brought such happiness to my life.  I want to share this happiness with you.  I plan my classes to be both fun and challenging.  When you watch one of my classes you will see dancers creating, laughing, and working together.  We all learn from one another and have a great time in the process.  This is true learning!

I am so lucky to be able to combine my degrees in education from Lyndon State College in Vermont (1999) and a Masters from Plattsburgh State University in New York (2009) with my degree in dance from Dean College in Massachusetts (1996) to make learning to dance both exciting and educational!  I am always on the lookout for others who share a love of dance.  I have spent time talking and discussing ideas with other teachers and professionals in the field.  Gayle Corkery (director/teacher of the Gayle Corkery School of Ballet in Texas), and Anne Gilbert (director/teacher of the Creative Dance Center in Washington) are just a few of my contacts.  I also like to attend workshops for teachers.  In fact, I will be attending a dance teacher training workshop in New Jersey this summer.

Please feel free to call or e-mail me if you have any questions, or just want to chat about dance.  I am looking forward to meeting you and share in a wonderful dance experience!  

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