Hometown: New Milford, Connecticut
Currently resides: I live in beautiful rural Connecticut with my son, husband, three cats, and my Australian cattle dog puppy.
What ADLI means to me: ADLI is very near and dear to my heart. I began my relationship with ADLI in 2005 by joining Dancing Legacy. I was also invited to be part of the core team of dancers and educators to develop the Legacy Methodology for teaching the Repertory Etudes. The more I learned about ADLI and the amazing people I worked with, the more I realized that the ideas and values were the same as my own. It felt like home. I am grateful to be part of the development, teaching, and performing of these great works.
Education/training: I trained at the School of American Ballet in New York City and received my modern training “on the job” beginning with my first professional company Fusionworks and continuing today with every class I take. I am certified in the ABT curriculum.
Professional experience: I have worked with and performed the works of a wide range of choreographers including Robert Battle, Laura Bennett, David Dorfman, Danny Grossman, and David Parsons. I teach at Fineline Theatre Arts in New Milford, Connecticut and I co-direct a student dance company, Artists in Motion. I also spend time working on the administrative side of the arts running a non profit, stage managing, and generally keeping things running.
My most inspiring teacher: My favorite teacher who inspired me beyond belief was Alexandra Danilova. I had her for variations class on Mondays. She was always dressed to the nines, remembered every step of every ballet she had ever been in, and taught us more than just steps. She taught us how to be ballerinas/dancers. She forbade us to wear t-shirts. Ever. We had to be glamorous. We were not mere mortals; we were dancers. Always. She taught me that dancing isn't just something we do in class or in rehearsal or on the stage but it is who we are always. It is deep in our soul and for God's sake let it out in your dancing!
What I do for fun: I love my gardens. Ok I need to say that again. I LOVE my gardens. It's what I do for fun and it also recharges my soul. Getting my hands dirty, weeding, designing. All of it. I even love the mistakes i.e. the pot of annual flowers with colors so garish I had to hide it behind the shed... I just wish the growing season was longer. In winter I read books about gardening and peruse seed and garden catalogs dreaming of flowers. I just have to teach my puppy to stay out of the garden beds! I'm working on it...
My favorite part of dancing: The rehearsal process. I love to perform but I love the learning and searching part even more. I love exploring a work. Finding the ins and outs of the movement. The choreographers intention. Finding all the transitions. In addition to rehearsing with the company, I do a lot of this work on my own and it is really gratifying to me. To know every nuance of a dance. This also makes me feel very confident in teaching the works which I also love to do.
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