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My Story...

When I was 3, I saw the New York City's Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular staring the Rockette dancers.  After the show I whispered to my mom, "someday I am going to dance on that stage."  That spring I was enrolled in my first ballet class.

For 16 years, I studied under Leslie Updyke at Leslie School of Dance in Elmira, New York. I trained under multiple instructors throughout my years as well as attending different workshops and intensives.  Those included the Radio City Rockette Summer Intensive, The World Jazz Dance Conference and Rhee Gold’s Teaching Conference.

 

I attended Mercyhurst University where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance & Communication. I have the honor of performing professionally with SoMar Dance and Erie Bayhawks Dance Team.  I taught at two studios in Erie which included Erie Dance Theater where I founded and directed their Competition Team.  Shortly after I became the director of Leslie School of Dance Summer Dance Camp.

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Dream * Enrichment * Success

I moved to New York City to pursue my dream of teaching and performing.  During this time, I made multiple connections and taught for the Kinderdance® Franchise, Broadway Preforming Art Center, and Fun First.  Specifically, my work with Kinderdance Manhattan gave me the opportunity to teach about 400 students each week.  Teaching became my priority and gave me the opportunity to inspire hundreds of students during my time in NYC.

In spring of 2020 came, Covid was in full swing.  At this point, I had to adapt my expectations of what the future held. I decided not to put my life on hold for "what could be" and instead pursue a life I could control. Over the next 6 months I continued to teach on zoom while taking necessary steps to move to Colorado to started a different life. 

After moving to Colorado, I started working for Lululemon.  Over the last 3 years, I have moved up in the company to my current position of Assistant Manager of Operations.  Throughout my time at Lululemon, I have been able to develop my skills of strategic planning, operations, management and find myself to be a strong leader.  All these qualities are translated into how I run my Artists in Movement Intensives and LSoD's Summer Dance Camp. 

This intensive showcases all necessary skills that I have gained from my experiences over the last 30 years.  I have the honor to pass these skills down to the next generation and to support them in their dreams as they continue to grow. 

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