I began dancing at age three and never stopped. I began competing in ninth grade with our studios competition team and competed for six years. I was blessed to be able to assist teaching classes starting in middle school and continued to teach through my high school graduation. I began teaching dance classes to students in Valdosta while getting my Bachelor's in Elementary Education at Valdosta State University. I lead the competition team for my Valdosta Studio and taught there for two and a half years before moving to Macon. I am excited to teach at Simply Dance and work with these talented children!
Favorite class to teach: Tap and Acro
I have been dancing since I was 3 and have always been the one to dance wherever I went! I took classes from ages 3 to 17 at CC Performers and at 17 I moved to Simply Dance were I took for another 2 years. Along the way I started assisting classes at 15 and when I moved to SD, I start assisting after a few months of being here. I’ve taken Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Baton, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop throughout the years and had to opportunity to assist our former Hip-Hop teacher, Gator, where I learned most of what I know of Hip-Hop. Dancing has always been the way I expressed myself and you can always find me dancing even when I am not at the studio.
Favorite class to teach: My favorite class to teach of course is Hip-Hop. It’s such a fun and upbeat class, I always leave feeling so happy and energized.
Favorite Holiday: My favorite holiday is Christmas!! I love the time of the year to celebrate Jesus, the music, the lights, all the happiness around, and maybe a present too!
Ballet! While I do love each style of dance, ballet has always been my passion. I have been teaching at Simply Dance for 2 years now and I have loved every minute! I love teaching dancers the history of ballet. Explaining where ballet originated, how it has evolved and of course the terminology that goes along with it. Nothing makes me more excited than a good ballet history lesson. 😆 As a teacher my goal is to reach inside the hearts of my students and to ignite a spark for the love of dance.
Thanksgiving! I love the family time that this holiday brings. The yummy smells, the Christmas movies we watch every year, and of course my Uncle Johns corn casserole!
I knew the second I walked into the studio for my first dance camp, that I loved it more than words could describe. I started dance when I was 11 years old and I knew most people started way younger. Even though I felt far behind, I wanted to progress in my dancing and push myself. I was super nervous but always strived for more because I knew I wanted to continue dancing for as long as possible. Immediately after the first class I knew that dance was “my thing”. Dance is something you can always get better at and that’s what I love. Seeing not only myself, but others overtime get more confident and comfortable really keeps me going to keep dancing and I think that’s just one beauty about dance itself.
I love teaching any classes because you really get to see where people thrive at the most in their dance journey and keep pushing them for more. I would say either ballet or lyrical are my favorite to teach! Ballet is the foundation for dance and I think that anyone who choses to dance needs at least one ballet class. Ballet is very difficult and essential for someone’s technique. Lyrical and Contemporary are also very important because you really get to feel the music and make it your own. Watching students doing this along with applying technique from ballet is so satisfying to watch and it makes you feel the story even more. Watching students take in different interpretations of the same story is beautiful and that’s something I love about teaching those classes.
Christmas definitely. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love everything about Christmas.
switches between venti black iced coffee or a Carmel macchiato.
I have been dancing for 17 years and teaching for 7- Focused on tap, ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and acro. Notable credits include dancing in a music video of local artist WNTALN, acting in a commercial about bullying, and modeling for Calvin Klein & Jockey. Most recently dancing alongside Maroon 5 and Usher.
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