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Dance Specialist

Hanover Recreation and Parks

Preschool Dance Classes

Students will begin to explore the world of dance. They will learn basic ballet, skills, along with movement exercises to help with coordination. We will play some fun games throughout class and students will learn a routine to show their parents on the last day.

Sep 2008Present

Guest Artist

Partner in the Arts

Partner In The Arts Proposal SummaryBlackwell Elementary SchoolThe Goals of the project are to:

  •     Introduce and increase dance activity in the general curriculum.
  •     Introduce young students to creative forms of movement and to dance as an art  form.
  •     introduce young students to a Teaching Artist in Dance.

 Learning Objectives of the project will have the student:

  •     Increase the range of motion.
  •     Identify locomotor and nonlocomotive movements.
  •     Identify the elements of dance such as: Tempo, Direction, and Energy
  •     Move to a rhythmic beat
  •     Identify Action Words in print and movement.
  •     Identify nouns through pictures of people, places, things
  •     Create sentences combining nouns and verbs, and retell the meaning of   

                the sentence through movement.

Jun 1989Present

Dance Specialist

Henrico Recreation and Parks

Mission Statement:

The Division of Recreation and Parks exists to enhance the quality of life and to foster a sense of well being and community for the citizens of Henrico County. This is accomplished through management of resources and by facilitating leisure services and recreational opportunities in safe and well maintained environments.

Dance Fundamentals

For ages 3-4. Ready positions! Young dancers will be introduced to basic positions that are used to build strong techniques.  Instructor: Kathi Marks-Merrit.

Little Steps

For ages 3-5. This class will focus on dance creativity, expression, and easy dance steps. Instructor: Kathi Marks-Merritt.

Sep 2000Aug 2003

Performing Arts Teacher

Neighborhood School of the Arts

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Interest Area

Arts & Culture, Board Development, Children & Youth, Community, Race & Ethnicity

Mission Statement

Neighborhood School of the Arts

MISSION: To contribute to the nurture of the whole person and to strengthen community through participation in arts experiences. NSA will offer quality arts experiences in the greater Richmond area and endeavor to make its classes accessible to those with limited financial resources.


Neighborhood School of the Arts:

Is a 501(c)3 [non-profit] educational organization which originated out of the desire of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church to make a positive contribution to the quality of life in northside Richmond. Its first classes were held in the summer of 1995, involving a racially and culturally diverse student body and faculty in music, theatre and visual arts. While the primary focus is the elementary school level, some recent courses have been designed also for K5- Gr 1 as well as middle schoolers.

Neighborhood School of the Arts' programs have evolved to include City Singers and Neighborhood Singers cimmunity children's choirs, two summer sessions of two weeks each, choir camps, on-site after-school classes in public and private elementary schools, private music instruction, classes to satisfy Girl Scout art badge requirements, and occasional classes for adults in retirement communities.

Tuition is kept as low as possible, and need-based financial aid is available through application.

Neighborhood School of the Arts is multi-racial and non-sectarian. Every attempt is made to reflect the diversity of its geographical area in its classes, faculty and board. As many as 21 public and private schools and home-schoolers have been represented simultaneously in its programs.

Oct 2000May 2003

Performing Arts Teacher


SPARC offers a graduated curriculum for beginners, experienced students and advanced young actors. A student can enter our program and work toward conservatory or college level study or just sample some fun courses and experience the joy of performing.

The fall semester focuses on process - mastering the performance techniques. In the spring, process work continues, but there is more emphasis on performance as students prepare for the Showcase. Although students may enroll in both the fall and spring, we encourage students to take both semesters, if their schedules permit, in order to receive the full range of training and performance experience.


Virginia Commonwealth University- Dance/Education

Virginia Commonwealth University is the largest university in Virginia and ranks among the top universities in the country in sponsored research. Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 32,000 students in 205 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-five of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 15 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University compose the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.

Sep 1990May 1992

Associates in Applied Studies

Mission Statement:

The University of Richmond blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciences, business, leadership studies, law and continuing studies.


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