Custom tailor-made classes private or groups. Specialized in Contemporary Dance, Modern dance "Floor Bar", Basic Ballet, Tai Chi, Swimming, beginner to advanced levels of Figure Skating and Tai Chi.
Also certified practitioner in 2 very effective therapeutic modalities:
Voice Movement therapy (an expressive art therapy) and
Zero Balancing. A method which combines western medicine's understanding of bone and muscle structures and Eastern medicine's understanding of energy.
Sally Smith: Art Therapy and
Robin Tuck: Shamanism
What makes my heart sing is seeing my clients eyes light up with unabashed joy.
Movement is a vehicle for change and transformation. The creative use of our bodies brings health and can bring us to spiritual awakening because the source of our being and innate nature is to be creative... Movement allows us to experience creativity vicariously because we are both the instrument and the player and a gift we can always share. It makes living life full and empowers us to live well. We can more easily access inspiration and creativity and our joy rubs off on those around us. I call this work play and it is about creating joy.
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Starting where a student is at has always worked the best for me and my students.
Always starting at the beginning and working your way up to the highest point of performance and/or progress and knowing how to recognize when it's time to stop.. Ending on a "high note" fosters progress and encourages good self esteem and self- care patterns.
Building good self-esteem patterns in reference to their practice is critical to a student's prolonged enjoyment and personal satisfaction. It is always best to capitalize on what is working...
Introducing strategies to undo bad habits that are counter productive (foster poor technique) and prevent progress in the development of fluent movement vocabulary and effectively hinder self-expression/expressiveness.
Concordia University Contemporary Dance &
Community Recreational Leadership Training at Dawson college, Montreal Qc.
Over 30 years of performance arts training and productions. Theatrical, musical and performance art; skating, dancing and gymnastics
Silver level Figure skater with 13 years of experience teaching all levels at the University of Montreal (& 5 yrs at McGill). Founding director (choreographer/ producer) of Montreal Ice Theater productions ('86) and the Alternative Skating School for Adults ('81)
Clowning /improv performance artist and producer of children's shows (go to: MVTV.org; Video on demand; see over 30 "Coco and the Kids" shows & "Coco and the Big Kids")
Last 20+ years on Martha's Vineyard: Skating pro, Dance teacher (Beginner ballet and Contemporary dance). Swimming and Tai chi instructor.
Producer/Director of Art and Music on Ice (Martha's Vineyard Ice Theater co. 2021. A proud recipient of LCC grant from the Mass Cultural Council and the Martha's Vineyard Local Cultural Council).
Active member of the What's Written Within contemporary dance company (Improv).
References upon request
$60.-$120./hr (sliding scale) private or group
I started when I was a teen teaching swimming and skating.