I was born and raised in Long Beach, California, and have dedicated my life to helping students improve their physical fitness through dance and physical education. I received my M.A. in Physical Education from Arizona State University in 2011; and my B.A. in Dance from California State University, Los Angeles in 2006.
I have over 10 years of teaching experience; as well as professional industry experience choreographing concert tours for artists like Destiny's Child, Usher, and Brandy. I also have extensive experience teaching children of all ages and am regularly a guest Master Instructor and Choreographer at High Schools in the Los Angeles County and the state of Arizona.
I have been teaching dance at the high school level for over 10 years, my experience includes directing productions, choreographing dances for productions, choreography for dance team competitions, and teaching the fundamentals of Dance in a variety of styles (Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, African). This year, I will be adding cultural dances into the curriculum.
I look forward to an exciting 2016-2017 school year!
We want to thank all of the students for showcasing their talents and performance abilities! The judges were highly impressed. Keep up the good work and don't stop choreographing!
Congratulations to all of the dancers whose piece will be in the 2017 New West Spring Concert....DRUM ROLL PLEASE........
New West Spring Dance Department Concert
When: Saturday, May 13, 2017
Call Time for Dancers: 2pm
Show Time: 3pm
Where: Santa Monica HS Barnum Hall- 600 Olympic Blvd
Parking: Civic Center (across the street) $5.00
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Dance Technique Classes: 2:30-3:30pm
Competitive Dance Team & Performance Team: 4:00-6:00pm
*Parents must attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 30th if dancers are auditioning for the Competitive Team or Performance Team.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR AUDITION DETAILS:
For the month of March the Dance Department will examine the Art of Poetry. In this unit, students will examine how to structural create poetry. In addition, students will create movement to their poetry; creating texture and color.
3/28/17- Study your poetry vocabulary from journal 5. There will be a vocabulary test on Monday, April 3rd.
Proper Dress Code for all Dance Classes
The dress code has been changed for all dance classes!!!!
Dance IA, IB, II, and III
- No Polos
- Solid black shirts, tank tops, leotard, v-necks etc. Solid black only!!!!
- New West Dance attire
- If you do not follow these guidelines, your 2 dress points will be deducted from your daily points.
- No socks! No exceptions!
HAVE FUN AND TRY YOUR BEST! REMEMBER PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!