I strongly believe that anybody can learn how to dance when given the space and patience to explore it. I employ body awareness concepts such as the Feldenkrais Method and imagery in my teaching to guide students towards ideal sensations related to the movement of dance. With this awareness, students learn to hear, see, touch and feel. When this is understood the execution of the movement becomes a natural progression instead of a forced reaction to a command. I have found that this approach helps students to understand how to initiate dance within their own bodies and trust their own sensations to movement rather than imitating the teacher. The body awareness approach levels the playing field of learning for all students. It gives students the tools to self-correct and to investigate the body as a priority in developing as not only as a dancer but, as an expressive artist.
2005 - Present
Adults: Beginning Ballet Workshops 1-3, Bridge to Adv.Beginning, Advance Beginning, Pointe, Intermediate
Teens: Intro and Ballet 2/3
Youth: All levels. From Pre-Ballet to Youth Ballet 3
In my ten years of teaching at ODC, I have had the pleasure in contributing to the ballet curriculum for the Youth and Teen program. In 2008 I taught a Beginning Ballet Performance workshop for adults. Recently I had the tremendous opportunity to co-teach with Augusta Moore, the Ballet Program Director in her Beginning Ballet Workshop from September 2014 to May 2015. Also in May, I developed and presented an embodied History of Ballet lecture to the Youth and Teen ballet classes.
Aug 2010 - Dec 2010
Taught intermediate ballet to students accepted into the Performing Arts and Social Justice undergraduate program. The main focus of the class was clean execution of technique while developing artistic presence and intent.
Sep 2008 - Jul 2010
Brisbane Dance Workshop
Taught ballet to children as well as adults in a recreational dance program
2007 - 2008
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center
Taught beginning to advanced beginning ballet to youth and teens. Also substituted for beginning ballet adult classes.
2012 - 2014
San Francisco State University
On Dean's list for three semesters. Invited to join the dance program's student company to the American College Dance Festival conference at Arizona State University.
Sep 2004 - May 2005
My dance education has taken me on many different paths. While my foundation is strongly rooted in classical ballet (specifically the Vaganova syllabus), I have always welcomed and sought out opportunities to learn other dance forms. This extra dimension gives my teaching a contemporary edge and helps inform the ballet technique. My teaching is also greatly influenced by somatic awareness and education. I have studied the Feldenkrais Method with Augusta Moore for the past twenty years. This summer I will begin a three year study in Body Mind Centering to become a certified Somatic Movement Educator by 2018.
April 2015 Embodying Centers of Transformation
A Body Mind Centering Approach with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Jan.2014-2006 O.D.C. Dance Commons
San Francisco, CA
Somatic- Feldenkrais classes
Augusta Moore's week-long Feldenkrais workshops:
"Demystifying the Upper Back"
"Evolving into the New Year"
"What are you Faking?"
"Shedding Old Habit, Re-organizing for the New Year"
Jan-March 2015 Body Mind Centering Seminar for ODC Ballet Faculty
with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
El Sobrante, CA
Jan. 2013 6-day Workshop on Somatic Education for Adolescents and Adults
Given by: Susan M. Bauer
Jan. 2013 The Art of Breathing: A Body Mind Centering Approach with
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
Aug. 2009 Ballet Teacher Training Seminar with Maria Vegh
San Francisco, CA
Jul. 2007 Ballet Teacher Workshop with David Howard
San Raphael, CA
2006-2008 Workshops on the Forsythe Improvisation Technologies with Amy Raymond
San Francisco, CA
Present-2005 ODC Dance Commons-San Francisco, CA
Ballet and Contemporary
2004-2005 The Ailey School - New York City, NY
Ballet, Horton (Milton Myers), Jazz, Pointe, West African
Improvisation (Helen Pickett)
2002 Ballet Summer Intensive from Moscow-Chicago, IL
Technique, Variations: La Bayadere and Paquita, demonstrator for teacher’s workshop
1999 Lines Ballet Summer Program for Professionals-San Francisco
Ballet and Choreography (Alonzo King), Yoga and Gyrotonics
1995- 2000 San Francisco Dancer Center
Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop
1991-1995 Academy of Classical Ballet-Oakland, CA
Karen Morell, Director and Teacher
Trained in the Vaganova syllabus years 1-5
2015 San Francisco Renaissance Dancers-San Francisco, CA
Jennifer Mueller, Artistic Director
Performed dances of the Renaissance including the Galliard,
Washerwoman's Branle, and a traditional sword dance.
2009- 2010, 2012 Grown Women Dance Collective- Concord, CA
Tonya Marie Amos, Artistic Director
"Fallen Heroes, Rising Stars"
Choreographed a duet that blended the artistry of
ballet with the explosive power of breakdancing.
2010 Rhythm and Motion Student Showcase-San Francisco, CA
Performed the White Swan variation from Swan Lake
2009 TBWA Worldwide Commercial "IN A FLASH" -San Jose, CA
Infiniti Automobiles Corporation
2007 Folklorico Altonin-San Francisco, CA
Norberto Martinez, Director and Choreographer
Performed traditional Mexican folk dances
2006 Dance Mission Theater-San Francisco, CA
"The Nutcracker Sweets"
Tina Banchero, Artistic Director
Snow Queen and Sugar Plum Fairy Variation
2005 The Ailey School Open House Showcase
West African Dance
2003 Santa Clara Ballet Theater-Santa Clara, CA
Josephina Reyes, Artistic Director and Andre Reyes, Coach
Nutcracker- Snow Queen, Arabian Solo
2002 North Coast Dance-Eureka, CA
Danny Furlong, Artistic Director
Nutcracker-Snow, Spanish and Waltz of the Flowers
2000-2001 Columbia City Ballet-Columbia, SC
William Starrett, Artistic Director
Nutcracker –Spanish and Arabian, understudy for Snow Queen
Frankenstein, Jack Frost, Humpback of Notre Dame
Don Quixote-understudy for Mercedes
2000, 2002 Peninsula Ballet Theatre-San Mateo, CA
Carlos Carvajal, Artistic Director
Swan Lake-corp de ballet
Carmina Burana- demi-soloist
Nutcracker-Snow, Waltz of the Flowers, Marizipan
Cinderella- Summer Fairy