Why do you teach?
I love kids. Seeing them grow up is a great gift. When we have new 2 year olds come in I always hope that I get to see them come back to DSOM when they have kids. Family is very important to me.
Your favorite dance moment?
Watching my daughter on stage for the first time and every time after. I have dedicated my life to dance and it makes me so happy to see her share the same joy.
Why you teach at DSOM?
I moved here from NY and never looked back. I had the opportunity to move back in 2000 and I told my family in NY that I was staying in Maine. The community in Gorham is amazing and I couldn’t imagine leaving the kids.
Personal Fun Fact
I love going to the movies. Favorite genres are Comedy and Documentaries. Popcorn, root beer and peanut M&M’s have to be part of the experience.
How long you have been dancing and teaching?
I started dancing when I was a toddler but started dance school at the age of 12 after begging my parents to let me take a class with a friend. I was always choreographing at home before I went to dance school. I have been teaching for 20 years.
Message to my students:
Be good people. I cannot stress this enough. The world has enough issues and we don’t need to add to it. You never know what the person in front of you is going through. It might be as small as losing their wallet or as big as losing a loved one. We all enter this world the same. It is all the “stuff” along the way that molds us. I believe that if we start teaching children to respect all people we can start to make a change with the adults. Being dancers we have a tremendous voice when we are in front of an audience. I hope that you can all find a way to say something great.