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“Education as the practice of freedom affirms healthy self-esteem in students as it promotes their capacity to be aware and live consciously. It teaches them to reflect and act in ways that further self-actualization, rather than conformity to the status quo.” 
― bell hooks, Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope

Teaching Philosophy: Mission Statement

I’ve made it my mission to teach students that dance is more than entertainment through classes and courses that integrate social-emotional learning. Students engage in a learning process that explores their biases about dance, improves their self-management, and develops relationship skills. The teaching strategies that I employ include the application of athleticism to dance, scaffolding lesson plans, partner activities, and the simultaneous fun. My core values are:

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  • Social-Awareness: Students are made aware of the many ways we can have safe interactions in our classroom. Students are consistently reminded to be considerate of their peers' diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. This helps them develop the ability to feel compassion and empathy for others. 

  • Mindfulness: Students are encouraged to be spatially aware and conscious of what their bodies are doing, especially in proximity to others in the space. Physical safety is non-negotiable in my classroom.​​

  • Responsible Decision-Making: Students are periodically tasked with creating movement phrases based upon a unit theme. This activity is executed with a partner or small group, which requires them to make constructive choices while indulging in their creativity. The instructions are always specific and may involve problem-solving. 

  • Relationship Skills: Many of the activities that have brought my students joy are partnered or small group oriented. Students are able to organically establish and maintain supportive relationships with their peers. They are able to practice effectively communicating, actively listening, and cooperation.

 

  • Self-Management: Students practice managing their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively while striving to achieve goals that are set in class. Students are also taught the value of delayed gratification, stress management, and agency over personal aspirations.

  • Athleticism: Students are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones by exploring “Dance Conditioning” skills. Dance Conditioning is a program I developed in 2013, that merges strength training and dance technique. It serves as a reminder that dancers are both athletes and artists.

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Be Safe

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Have Fun

Challenge Yourself

Perspectives on Teaching Dance
Inspired by bell hooks

Reflecting on The

Educational Philosophy of bell hooks

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