I offer a unique style of choreography and put my all into every piece I do. I love to teach and connect with people of all ages. I started off at 16 years old teaching gymastics to children and teens, and eventually ended up teaching at my old dance studio from when I was growing up. I am currently a choreographer for hip hop and lyrical but I am also a jazz dancer with ballet technique incorporated in all styles.
some of my choreography can be viewed on sarahhaupt.tumblr.com but most of these videos are simply freestyled and improved so they weren't focused on. I hope you enjoy.
I love watching choreography that i've created come to life through my dancers. I enjoy the creative process as well. It is my favorite creative outlet at this point in my life and something I'd love to take further.
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I currently teach a solo piece for a 13 year old girl at my studio. Upon meeting her it was my first time doing a one-on-one with a dance student. No matter whether it is a technique-based teaching or choreography-based the first thing I do is assess the skill level of the student. This may include some simple basic movement relating to the particular style of dance they choose to learn. For jazz or contemporary this may include some across the floor drills such as turns and leaps. For hip hop this might just be some moves that correspond with different tempos and styles of music, popping, locking, grooving, etc. From there I like to choreograph short dances which are called "combos" in the dance world that way the dancer student gets used to memorizing and executing choreography which can be cleaned up and tweaked to perfection by the time the lesson is over.
I am currently in college and I have taken one modern dance class which has helped me grow in free movement. Other than that my first job was working at a gymanstics studio from age 16-21 which gave me experience with coaching, handling a class, working with children, and so much more that I value so much to this day. I have over 10 years of dance training from ages 3 to around 17 years old. When I graduated high school I no longer attended my dance studio but took open classes at another hip hop-based studio which helped inspire my desire to choreograph. I now work for my first dance studio part time as a hip hop, ballet (for youngins), lyrical, and tap(also for youngins) teacher.
I do not yet have a standard pricing system since I am just starting out as a choreographer so I am open to negotions as well as changes throughout my experience with choreographing. Obviously as I grow my prices might change with that but I am currently starting at an average acceptable rate.
I don't remember this but apparently when I was super young around 3 I was asking my mom to put me in dance classes. This can only be described as fate. I started off recreational dancing and eventually was invited to join the dance team where I was put into competitions. I loved this aspect of my life so much and still reflect on fond memories of compeition seasons, practices, rehearsals, sweat, blood, tears, etc. In high school I got myself into a lot of trouble and ended up taking a wrong turn at some point. Although my desire and love for dance never withered, I didn't take it as seriously as I should have at the time. I put my heart into dance as much as I could but was struggling with other areas of my life and found myself quite lost. This feeling continued after which school where the real world hit me. My world for the past 3 years has deifnitely felt like a whirlwind that never stops. So many things have occured to me in these crucial years that left my head spinning but the one thing that has always held me down is dance. Unable to identify with the circumstances in my life, dance is what has kept me sane. Deep down in my soul I feel like its really all I know to be true! It's the only thing I know forsure is real. I would spend every day improving to different types of music in my living room at my father's house until I could mentally feel the ground again. Thanks be to God, this year I attended a performance by my old studio's ballet company, which I often did to show my support. The owner of the studio offered me and my best friend the job of choreographing and teaching for their hip hop crew. My dream has come true. It's a small dream, but it has always been really important to me. From there I was offered to teach ballet, tap, and lyrical to children as well as hip hop and jazz at an aftercare school program.
With gymnastics and dance I have taught ages 4-17. ALthough I don't have experience teaching adults, I honeslty feel that teaching children is much more of a challenge, at least for me. In the future I would love to own a studio where adults can take open classes and have some fun in their lives to let loose and learn something new.
A recent event I am fond of is creating our competition piece for our hip hop girls. This question might not be exclusive to dance but it really has been my focus these past few months. Me and my friend have choreographed individual dances for the piece since summer but now it's finally coming together and we are more than happy with the results of what's being created. It's so much fun and so rewarding to watch your imagination come to life. This is the truth of my life!
My greatest advice would be to find a teacher who you can speak openly with. This may include sharing past experiences with, that may not have anything to do with dance. A teacher who you can get to know and who you would like to share things about yourself with will be able to better learn what styles would be best for you, how to teach your properly, and makes the entire process more authentic, genuine, and fun!
Before talking to teachers about their needs, students should ask themsevles a few questions. The first question is, what are my goals exactly? The answers to this question might include, "I want to learn different dances to do with friends, record and share, and just have a good time", or "I want to be a techinically better dancer and work on my discipline in a specific area", or maybe " I just want a new workout". Whichever answer you come up with is a valid one, and worthy of finding a teacher for. You just have to be clear and upfront about these intentions beforehand.