Owner-Founder/ Instructor/ Therapist/ Choreographer/Screendance Filmmaker
Idaho Dance Theatre - President
Making Dreams Come True (Inclusive) Adventures - Secretary
Movement and Dance have always been a part of who I am. They are in my heart and bones. I've experienced life-altering connections and transformations through dance and its holistic ability to bring out everyone's remarkable, unique
My intention as an inclusive dance & yoga educator, instructor and choreographer is to facilitate & nurture a person's personal freedom of artistic, physical and emotional expression of movement that is unique and beautiful to each individual. I also intend to transform each student into a more compassionate person towards others and themselves that is then translated into compassionate connections as human beings. Which in turn changes our world into a more compassionate place.
"I want my students to feel supported in their personal artistic & physical expression of movement."
I've been instructing and choreographing inclusive dance for over 10 years. Including hundreds of students and groups of all ages and abilities from all parts of Idaho.
I've created over 30 accessible pieces of choreography. And have built a curriculum and instruction for dance and yoga, that is built on the foundations of inclusion, and neutral/accessible verbal and non-verbal instruction. It's adapted to support many unique movements and ways of expression. I've spent years building community programs for adaptive classes and performing for community events.
My therapeutic work includes leading individual and women's sessions/workshops using psycho-somatic methods and dance that is trauma-informed, to change thinking/neurological patterns and behaviors.
I've spent over 6 years as a community-based therapist and as a primitive skills/outdoor outreach instructor for youth and teens. teaching behavioral skills and daily living skills. I currently have an ongoing private somatic clients/practice.
I've been inclusive my entire life.
Somatic Movement Education & Therapy - ISMET
Methods and Strategies for Sustaining and Maintaining Inclusive Dance & The Language of Dance - American Dance Education
Somatic Integrated/Creative Movement - Naropa University
DanceAbility Inclusive Choreography - DanceAbility International
Neurological/Emotional Therapeutic Connections Through Movement - ADTA
College Educator: BYU Dance Education Program & College Of Southern Idaho Dance Program, Boise State Dance Minor Education Inclusive workshop
It has been my privilege to participate in the International 9-day Summer Dance Intensive for Integrated Dance - with the professional
Axis Dance Company in Oakland, CA.
I've currently finished an inclusive, fundamental, and simple teaching curriculum for educating based on a neutral, adaptive teaching model. I'm working on a book based on the model and hope to publish it soon.
This experience is so multifaceted and is changing how educators and dancers perceive what dance ultimately is and it's full potential when inclusive. They are understanding it is a rethinking about movement and abilities and self-expression. My educators are seeing the connection between compassion and self-expression and it is a Beautiful Thing!
I can think of nothing more joy-filled and rewarding than sharing my experience with others who want to participate in the inclusive movement in their communities.
I'm passionate about making our world a more excepting one by teaching the beauty and compassion of inclusive expression and education.
By letting our light shine, we subconsciously give others permission to do the same.