I have a passion for teaching dance and movement bases to students of all ages. I specialize in teaching high school and collegiate levels, and have worked with Eastern Oregon University and University of Utah theater students. Below are just a handful of specialty workshops and series I have taught in the past. I have also been brought on as a collaborative teacher in Shakespeare camps, movement creation, and more. Please contact me if you would like me to come teach and we can create and adjust curriculum perfect for your needs.
Musical Theater Series: originally created for 1hr/week for 12 weeks
3-weeks per artist. Studying the geniuses of Agnes DeMille, then Jerome Robbins, then Bob Fosse, and then Sonja Tayeh/Andy Blankenbuehler. The focus is put on the value of dance during its time and the significance of the choreographer. Extra homework is given to learning more about the history and the importance of their signature pieces at their times. i.e. Oklahoma was the first musical to bring dance in as a storytelling device to move the story along. Choreo and technique are based on the main fundamentals/stylistic choices true to the choreographer.
Movement for Actors: originally created for one 5-hour intensive/workshop
This is a focus on finding a full-body connection at all times within the creative process. Gives actors fundamentals to put into daily practice. Actors will be led through warm-ups and practices to help remind the body of what it can do. Following, actors will be led through a creative process helping give material to work towards devised work or other multi-disciplinary works. The end result is a collaborative feedback and creative session.
Beginning Dance Bootcamp: originally created for three 2hr classes in a row
This is smart for groups with no dance experience. The goal is to send movers home each day with various steps, phrases, and practices that are essential in basic dance requirements for musical theater. After each close, students should feel that they have a regular practice in each theme to help provide a solid base at musical theater dance auditions. The first day is musical theater jazz and coordination, the second is beginning tap, the third is partnering and tumbling. These are interchangeable due to different groups of students.
Musical Theater Medley: originally created for an 8-day intensive for 5hrs per day
Students work to create a collaborative musical theater medley based on one classic musical. Students do homework based on the history of the musical and look up past productions as added research to pay homage to the original work. The result is about a 15-minute musical theater dance medley aiming at themes of stage presence, musicality, and style.