I am a dancer. I am a person of practice. As Martha Graham said, “Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same.” Indeed, to practice dance is to practice life; dancing is living. I hold strong to this belief. When I am dancing I’m not merely completing a task or learning steps. I’m learning the tools that my body deems necessary for me to understand and to explore myself; a preparation to aid me in life. Learning steps, yes; steps that allow me to climb an inch higher each time with a visceral mastery over the mountainous obstacle that is modern society.
I also believe that movement has the power to free us all. Developing discipline and creative expression through dance is an essential tool to building confidence and respect in one’s self in everyday life. In my private lessons, I focus on bringing out each student’s unique personalities while teaching them the importance of commitment to the practice and the willingness to learn. It is not a question of whether you can dance; it is the question of whether you will dance.