QUALIFICATIONS

I have been a dance teacher for more than 15 years at various dance and fitness studios around Toronto and New York City.  I have taught students from ages 3 to adult and am proficient in all forms of dance including: hip hop, jazz, tap, ballet and modern.  I have studied kinesiology and anatomy throughout high school and university and am knowledgeable of various injuries and how to treat them.  I am CPR AED certified and hold an ACE Group Fitness Instructor certification.  I have attended both a high school for the performing arts and a fine arts program in university.

 

EDUCATION

RYERSON POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY : THEATER/DANCE MAJOR | 1999-2001

Studied classical ballet, Limon technique, jazz, improv, composition, theory, kinesiology, art history, voice, mask techniques, acting

N. Potts, V. St.Denys

CAWTHRA PARK SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THE ARTS : DANCE MAJOR | 1994-1999

Studied classical ballet, Limon & Graham techniques, jazz, African, tap, hip hop, improv, composition, theory, kinesiology, dance history, nutrition

F. Ghorayeb, J. Hollingsworth, D. Dumais, S. Wong, M. Trent, K&A Kaeja, J. Powell, C. McLaren, G. Hines, S. Glover

 

CAREER HISTORY

FACULTY : LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY, BROOKLYN CAMPUS | 2006-PRESENT 

  • Teach two 3-credit courses in hip hop dance to undergraduate university students and a Practical Preparation for the Dancer Course for Graduating Dance Majors
  • The course covers the basic principles of hip hop
  • Help students develop a greater sense of body awareness and understanding of proper dance etiquette
  • Administer practical and written examinations
  • Teach hip hop dance history through readings and films
  • Prepare graduating students with the tools needed to enter the professional dance world
  • Help them with headshots and resumes, auditioning and networking skills


FACULTY : ASPIRE 2 DANCE | 2011-PRESENT

  • Teach beginner and advanced hip hop to students ages 6 to adult
  • Prepare them for performances, etc.
  • Teach adult WUKKOUT!® classes - a soca based dance fitness class designed by me


GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR : HARBOR FITNESS | 2013-PRESENT

  • Teach WUKKOUT!® classes - a soca based dance fitness class designed by me
  • Teach SilverSneakers® group fitness classes to senior citizens
  • Teach cardio, sculpt & strength based group fitness classes 


GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR : CONEY ISLAND YMCA | 2013-PRESENT

  • Teach WUKKOUT!® classes - a soca based dance fitness class designed by me
  • Teach hip hop dance classes to teens and adults
  • Teach sculpt & stretch based group fitness classes


GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR : MAC GYM BROOKLYN | 2014-PRESENT

  • Teach WUKKOUT!® classes - a soca based dance fitness class designed by me
  • Teach stretch based group fitness classes


GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR : POWER STUDIOS NYC | 2014-PRESENT

  • Teach WUKKOUT!® classes - a soca based dance fitness class designed by me


GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR : CRUNCH | 2014-PRESENT

  • Teach group fitness classes ranging from "Retro-Robics" to "Belly, Butt & Thighs Bootcamp"


FACULTY : ASPHALT GREEN BATTERY PARK CITY | 2014-PRESENT

  • Teach hip hop to children ages 6-12
  • Teach Mommy & Me dance classes to children ages 2-3


WORKSHOP INSTRUCTOR : CIRQUE DU SOLEIL "DRALION TOUR" | 2012

  • Taught hip hop workshops to the cast of Cirque Du Soleil's "Dralion Tour" 


FACULTY : JAZZWORX DANCE | 2006-2010

  • Teach beginner and advanced hip hop to teens and adults
  • Prepare students for a variety of live stage performances


DANCE INSTRUCTOR : METRO EVENT PLANNERS | 2005-2008

  • Taught monthly hip hop, dancehall and Caribbean/soca dance workshops for beginner women


CHOREOGRAPHER/HIP HOP CLUB LEADER : CAWTHRA PARK S.S. OF THE ARTS | 1996-1999

  • Taught and choreographed for 75 high school students in hip hop club
  • Prepared them for performances etc.
  • Auditioned, taught and choreographed for contemporary dance show – MOSAIX
  • Responsible for stage managing, lighting design, costume design and advertising of show


FACULTY : JUNE LAWRENCE SCHOOL OF DANCE | 1994-1999

  • Taught students ages 3 to adult in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop
  • Prepared them for dance examinations and performances
  • Choreographed numerous award winning dance routines

 

MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS

AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE (ACE), Certified Group Fitness Instructor

SILVER SNEAKERS®, Certified Instructor in Classic and Circuit

CANADIAN DANCE TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION (CDTA), Associate Member in tap and jazz

ALLIANCE OF CANADIAN CINEMA, TELEVISION, AND RADIO ARTS (ACTRA), Member