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teaching & choreography

TEACHING

I LOVE sharing my experience and my passion for the craft with aspiring artists - I've been teaching for over twenty years.  I teach theater dance, Fosse-style jazz, ballet, pointe and audition technique.  Multifaceted, I love working with versatile dancers to help them harness the edge they need to audition successfully, refine their articulation, develop dexterity with style and become truly interdisciplinary.  Current clients include the artists at Noche Flamenca, the trainees at Joffrey Ballet School as well as Joffrey Jazz & Contemporary, and pop artist Lauryn Hill. Other teaching credits include Alvin Ailey, NYCDA's Summer Intensive, as well as guest teaching at universities and schools around the country.  I myself work on a continual basis with the Verdon/Fosse Estate to restore and film Bob Fosse's original choreography for the Estate's archives, and I am thrilled to restage his works 

and share his voice and fundamental jazz vocabulary.

 

Ballet was my first love and after years of work as a Soloist at a Balanchine-style company, I teach classical syllabus with a sense of expansiveness while emphasizing footwork, musicality, refining pointe work and my specialty, getting dancers turning. Lastly, because nothing happens for a dancer except through successful auditioning, I teach audition technique.  Teaming up with some of the best music directors in the business, we give young triple threats some valuable insight as to what's going on "behind the table" and a real-world edge for how to succeed "in the room." 

CHOREOGRAPHY

I create from the music and come to our first rehearsal with a skeleton piece that we then adjust according to the dancers/ unique abilities and personalities.  I love paying homage to existing masterworks.  for example, I recently restaged "Blackbird" from Bob Fosse's "Liza with a Z" for the Joffrey Ballet School, expanding the original 10 dancer cast to include 25 young artists.  When creating work for competition, I thnk from behind the judges table about what will dazzle in balance with what will give our cast a playground where they will grow technically and artistically through the season.  At the university level, I enjoy developing more complex phrase work and sophisticated staging.  I treat dancers as young professionals and encourage them to exercise as much responsibility and artistic voice as they would encounter working in a company.  Thanks for your interest!