I am incredibly passionate and believe that dance is for everyone and that every person can have a personal dance practice, and that dance training in any genre increases our body awareness to move and express at home in our bodies. I have trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary dance styles. I have danced professionally for five years and I have been teaching people of all ages and experiences for 6 years. I have a beautiful studio space available in Evanston, IL. I am very knowledgeable about conditioning for dancers and provide my clients with strengthening/conditioning exercises to do at home in between our lessons that directly target specific muscle engagement that Ballet requires.
I love working with other people who are passionate about movement, at any experience level. It is a passion of mine to share dance knowledge and experiences because I absolutely believe everyone can and should engage in dance whether a beginner or returning/continuing to the art form. Dancing has brought me the most joy, freedom and taught me so much in my body and mind as well. It is a balancing and centering art form and I am so grateful to dance and to teach and share.
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A client that is gravitating towards a specific genre or style of dance, I begin by learning their experience level and specific goals for the lessons such as to learn new choreography, private ballet class, to strengthen and stretch, to focus on certain technical aspects. If a client is newer to dance techniques I provide videos of myself or some of my previous classes. If a client is not yet sure what genre of dancing they're interested in, I suggest an improvisation class to introduce some of the basic fundamentals or concepts of movement practices. The improvisation class I teach is a fun, imagery based improvisational class that encourages participants to experience the benefits of movement and creates a foundation for each dancer to open up to all the possibilites of movement and style.
I have a Dance Performance degree from Illinois State University. I have trained at the American Dance Festival and performed professionally throughout the country and continent. I have been teaching at a studio in Evanston since 2016 and have references available. I am currently completing my ACE personal training certification!
My rate for lessons is $60-70/hour. I am always willing to work with the client, especially if they are looking for more lessons more often such as more than once a week.