International School for the Arts
Phone: 803-476-3000 Ext. 3206
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of the Arts in Dance Education Bachelor of the Arts in Interior Design, Dance Minor
My objective as a teacher is to share the joy of dance through a well-rounded educational experience, preparing, motivating, and inspiring students to achieve their dreams through movement. Dance has fueled my life with energy to move and reach all levels with leaps and bounds. It has taught me commitment and dedication to a skill that works both the mind and body together in the creative process. It emphasizes the importance of teamwork and building relationships within our classroom walls, structuring the educational experience with a sense of security and freedom of expression found in movement.
As a teenager, my focus in dance increased as I attended the Tri-District Arts Consortium at Columbia College and the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities at Furman University. As a member of the Columbia City Jazz Company, directed by Dale Lam, I received opportunities to travel abroad and perform in Germany, Bulgaria, and Austria at the International Tanzsommer Dance Festival and for the European Union. My studies continued at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where I was guided by teachers to ignite and inspire the strength of a dancer’s heart, completing a minor in dance with a Bachelor’s of the Arts in Interior Design. While my initial career did not take place in a dance classroom, the connection I had with dance could never leave my soul. I ventured into musical theater performing in Hairspray, Promises, Promises, and Nine at the Theater of the Republic in Conway, SC, later choreographing their Aladdin Junior. With dance always in my heart, I made the decision to return to the University of South Carolina in 2014, graduating in three years with a Bachelor of the Arts in Dance Education, one of my proudest and most memorable moments.
While attending the University of South Carolina, I was a recipient of the USC Dance and Theatre Scholarship and received the BLOCH Undergraduate Student Scholarship through the National Dance Education Organization, presenting at their national conference in Washington, D.C. I was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts USC Collegiate Chapter, worked part time as a teacher at USC’s Dance Conservatory and am an active member of NDEO.
I am delighted to be the dance education teacher at Irmo High School. As a former graduate of the class of 2000, I am amazed by the opportunities provided to our students and will continue to be a strong advocate for the collaboration of the arts and arts integration in our school system. I am ever thankful for the dance opportunities present throughout my life and look forward to sharing this passion with all who enter the dance classroom door.