Dance has become more than performance as I continue through my life within it. Studying dance and Adapted Physical Activity simultaneously, I have expanded a greater understanding of the adaptability of dance. Any individual, whatever their abilities are, can dance and create art. To share my knowledge and passion with whomever, I come in contact with through visual and media channels is my goal as an artist. Dance says what words cannot; it is nonverbal form communicate that for many expresses one’s true self. As a creator, the individual, the human perspective, the lines of what disability and ability is and is not; it inspires me to teach, create, and advocate. Everyone moves, speaks, and communicates; One should care to explore, accept and appreciate how all do this as well.
My life in all aspects of dance represents the importance of being yourself, acknowledging that you as an individual are strong in your ability although the human eye sees it as a disability. My teaching stems from improvisational exploration, critical thinking, and somatic practices to find love and passion for movement. Dance to me means a never-ending process of acceptance, adaptation, learning, and expression of self. When individuals dance, it brings them socialization, joy, and confidence. Including critical thinking in the class creates an opportunity for the mind and body to be. Providing positivity and adaptability, along with communication and organization allows me to create an environment in the studio that gets dancers actively engaged in class.
I believe brainstorming creative, new ideas with clients and collaborators, and using previous skill-based knowledge to create movement is most important. Working with special populations has taught me that dance is an art form that embraces a vast array of styles and levels, making it a physical activity for any population. I am incredibly humbled I can give individuals the tools to experience dance.
When individuals dance, it brings them joy, confidence and gets them physically active. Including critical thinking in the class creates the opportunity for the mind and body to be connected. Providing positivity and adaptability, along with communication and organization allows me to create an environment in the studio that gets dancers actively engaged in class. By being outgoing and having an encouraging nature, I will motivate students to create exceptional work and strive for new goals.