Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, I grew up in Woodland Hills with an early passion for rhythmic movement. I began dancing when I was 6 years old and continued to grow in this field, joining a company team at age 12. I have been trained in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, and lyrical and competed in these genres at a variety of levels. When I was 15, I began assisting for the director of my company, and soon after was given classes of my own to teach. I have experience teaching dance to students ages 3- 12 and have choreographed multiple numbers presented in annual showcases and recitals.
In 2014, I graduated from California State University Long Beach with my undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. At this point my love of rhythmic movement was still strong, but it wasn’t until just a few years ago that I realized teaching is my true calling. Having taught various styles of dance for years, the idea that I can use these skills to help today’s youth in an educational setting inspires me more than any other opportunity. My personal philosophy of a high school dance program embodies the idea that teaching responsibility, collaboration, and discipline can give students skills they can use for the rest of their lives. I think it is crucial for any physical education based course to teach today’s youth about the importance of integrating overall wellness into their daily lives. Specifically, dance and yoga have been an all-encompassing avenue for this in my life. My mission is to share this passion with my students so that they can be prepared for life outside of high school, thriving in a healthier space both physically and mentally.