Degrees and Certifications:
BA Dance Education K-12 Certified
I am excited to begin my seventh year teaching at Summerville High School. I grew up New Jersey and danced in studios elementary through high school. Upon graduating high school, I knew I wanted to continue with my dance education. I moved to New York City, and received my bachelors from CUNY Hunter College as a Dance Education major. I stayed in NYC for a year following my graduation, but decided it was time for a change. In 2012, I moved to Charleston, SC and started working for DD2. I currently live in West Ashley with my husband and my two dogs, Ellie and Rigby!
Dancers can choose from one of the following assignments, one is internet based, and one you do not need internet access to create.
Assignment 1: Learn 2 combinations via CLI per week missing from school. (4 combination for out of school 2 weeks)
· CLI Studios: Use the link to sign in to CLI and make a student account. Once you have set up your account you have access to multiple classes in every style of dance.
- Must take a class that teaches a dance
- You must film yourself performing the final choreography and upload and share via OneDrive.
Assignment 2: Poem Choreography Project (covers 10 days not in school)
1- Find a poem
2- Determine what the poem means
3- Create choreography inspired by the words/meaning of the poem
4- Video yourself and upload to OneDrive (email@example.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Look for key words, movements that may happen.
- The first time you read through a poem, record any “gut reactions” you have to the poem: any emotional connections you have with what the author is saying, reminders of personal detailed experiences, things you like or dislike, or things you like to share with others.
- Record any allusions you recognize, references to symbols, etc. Think in terms of, “What could this stand for? Why?”
- Pay attention to the kinds of emotions the poem relates to. Often a poet's goal will be simply to help readers feel a certain way or sense the reality of an imagined scene.
Choreography must include:
Must be at least 4 8-counts long.
BEGINNING- Express to the viewer what your poem is about. Maybe include facial expressions, body shapes or poses, something to grab the viewer’s attention.
MIDDLE- Incorporate some technique learned in class (plie, piques, passes, leaps etc..)
ENDING- Some kind of closure. Show the viewer you are done dancing.
Follow these steps:
1. What is your GUT reaction???
Sad, happy, angry, remind you of someone…
2. Underline movements words
Reach, shine, drop, fall, bounce…
3. What type of writing is your poem/lyric?
a. Question- curious, anxious, nervous, confused..
b. Exclamation- excited, angry, upset..
c. Rhyming- repetition, opposition..
d. Statement- factual vs opinion
4. Look at your poem/ lyric
theme, main idea…