A Letter from the Artistic Director of Envision Dance Company
I am so excited for this opportunity to be the Artistic Director of Envision Dance Company. I have been teaching dance and working with young aspiring dancers for 25 years now and know I am fortunate to get to do what I love as my “job”, I can’t imagine my life without teaching dance.
I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to teach and choreograph all over the country and work with some amazing faculty and students whom I have learned so much, both about dance and about life. Through these experiences, I have witnessed many styles of teaching and have gained so much knowledge and have learned to adapt my own teaching styles based on the age, level, and learning styles of each child. I have worked with very young beginner dancers, to some of the most beautiful advanced dancers I have known and all ages and levels in between.
The one commonality I see from every dancer I have worked with is they all want to feel good about themselves, and I strive to make this happen in all of my classes and rehearsals. I believe in discipline and structure within the classroom, but also know how important it is for dancers, especially children, to feel validated and a sense of pride when they leave the classroom. It is important to me, that dancers know what they have to work on to reach the next level of their training through constructive feedback, but also know they are making progress and provide them positive feedback.
In addition to teaching, I am blessed to have experienced many facets of professional performance in the US and overseas, from Disney and Celebrity Cruises to industrials, music videos and televised Millennium Special, as well as judging for many regional and national competitions and conventions. I also hold an academic college degree and feel I can help dancers work through these difficult lifelong decisions having had experience in all of them. That being said, I believe in having a well-balanced life as a child, teen and young adult. I want Envision dancers to have time to have other interests in addition to dance, to focus on and do well in their academic studies and most of all to have time with family and friends. It is important to me for young dancers to have this time to be able to make educated decisions on their future and not get burnt out on one activity, albeit physical or mental.
One of the caveats of accepting the position at Envision, was to have scheduled days off, for students to have time with family, to go to church, to play and enjoy downtime, to get caught up on studies and homework and mostly to have that opportunity to miss being at the studio and yearn to get back in and work towards their goals. Over my years teaching, I have witnessed too many talented dancers lose interest and quit because they never had free time to experience anything else and this has always saddened me. I am a firm believer in the “work hard, play hard” model and feel if time is used wisely you can get results in less time and enjoy that free time doing other things that make you happy.
I look forward to starting this next chapter in my dance career and can’t wait to share my passion for dance with you. If you would like to know more about Envision Dance Company or to schedule a private audition, please send us a private message on this page or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can’t wait to hear from you and discuss your future at Envision Dance.