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Assistant Professor, Adjunct Professor, Artistic Director, Choreographer,
Education Director, Development Assistant, Fitness Instructor

 

Education

M.F.A. Dance with Emphasis in Teaching and Choreography, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York City.
B.F.A. Dance Performance, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York City.
TEACHERS TRAINING CERTIFICATE: Simonson Jazz Technique©, Dance New Amsterdam, New York City.

 

Additional Study

TEACHERS' TRAINING CERTIFICATE, Dance New Amsterdam. New York City, certified to teach Simonson Technique©

Rutgers Pre-Certification Course, Alternate Route, NEW JERSEY STATE TEACHING CERTIFICATION (K-12)

34th ANNUAL CHOREOGRAPHER'S CONFERENCE, Regional Dance America, University of Iowa, Iowa City, attended on full scholarship for Monticello Award of Best Young Choreographer

INTENSIVE PILATES CERTIFICATION, Santa Fe, NM, mat and reformer--private seminar and training with Ray Kurshals, Certified Instructor of the Physical Mind Institute

JACOB'S PILLOW DANCE FESTIVAL, Becket, MA, Jazz Dance Intensive with Lynn Simonson, Danny Buraczeski and Milton Meyers

TOUCH FOR HEALTH®, St. Louis, MO, kinesiology training level 1, 2A, 2B with Norma Harnack, Kinesiologist and RPN, Certified Touch for Health

JUMP RHYTHM JAZZ PROJECT INTENSIVE TRAINING, Chicago, IL, instruction in the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project®-based tap and jazz technique

DANCE TO LEARN CERTIFICATION, New Brunswick, NJ, Coordinator and certified instructor of the 4 year in-school dance program

BALLETONE® CERTIFICATION, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ., certified to teach Balletone fitness program

BODYPUMP™ CERTIFICATION, Carteret NJ., certified to teach Les Mills program

BODYFLOW™ CERTIFICATION, Quakertown, PA., certified to teach Les Mills program

WORKING ALONG SIDE STUDENTS with ASD, Young Audiences of New Jersey, Princton, workshop in teaching dance to ASD students

 

Appointments

RARITAN VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 2012 – Present
Adjunct Professor: Ballet, Simonson Jazz Technique©, Modern, Pilates, & IS-Principles of Teaching Dance. Adjudicate works for the Student Dance Concert. Choreograph for the Faculty Dance Concert.

ROXEY BALLET, 2014 - Present
Development Assistant/Choreographer, Instructor and former Education Coordinator: grant writer, develop study guides for assembly programs and residencies, book education programs, choreograph for professional company and pre-professional trainees, teach all levels of pre-professional trainees ballet, jazz, tap, and Pilates.

DANCE NEW JERSEY, 2015 - 2016
Administrator/Coordinator for the Dodge Foundation: Dance to Learn Curriculum to provide administrative support for grantees.

MIDDLESEX COUNTY COLLEGE, 2009 - Present
Guest Choreographer, Dance Program
Duties: Choreograph for bi-annual dance concerts.

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY, Recreation Department 2010 - Present
Duties: Teach Pilates, BALLETONE®, BODYFLOW™, BODYPUMP™ at all locations.

THE CLUB AT RICOCHET - 2012 - Present
Duties: Teach Pilates, BALLETONE®, BODYPUMP™, BODYFLOW™.

LUSTIG DANCE THEATRE, 2010 – 2014
Education Director
Duties: Develop and manage school curriculum; manage DTL curriculum and teaching artists; contract and access LDT and DTL faculty; provide professional development for faculty; choreograph for LDT Ensemble; teach creative dance curriculum in the public schools; supervise and manage presentations, performances and workshops; promote education programming; coordinate programs for dance in the public schools and community settings; develop and coordinate summer programming and performances; closely work with marketing and development; teach all levels of ballet, pointe, jazz, tap and partnering; and report to Artistic Director and Board of Directors.

AMERICAN REPERTORY BALLET, 2009 – 2010
Director of Education and Outreach
Duties: Evaluate instructional and operational needs of the program; provide coordination and leadership support to project teams; develop and build capacity for training resources to assist in program implementation; provide support in the implementation of the annual program; fundraising, other related projects and programs; participate in the design and organization of ARB Education activities; perform operational or administrative duties as required; write curriculum incorporating New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards for Visual and Performing Arts and 21st Century Skills, incorporate curriculum in public and private schools; communicate with school personnel concerning program implementation; promote all educational programs; coordinate schedules and transportation; create and maintain outreach to Principals and PTA/PTO presidents; work closely with Marketing and Development and provide professional development; teach all levels of ballet and tap, and report to the Artistic Director, Executive Director and Board of Directors.

GLOUSTER COUNTY VO-TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL, 2014, 2016
Duties: Teach all levels of Simonson Technique© and choreograph for the Faculty Dance Concert.

RIDER UNIVERSITY, 2010 - 2011
Adjunct Professor, Westminster College of the Arts, Musical Theatre Department
Duties: Teach all levels of Simonson Technique© to Musical Theatre majors and choreograph for the student dance concert.

SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY, 2006 - 2009
Assistant Professor of Dance, Department of Theatre and Dance
Duties: Artistic Coordinator of faculty dance concert; Choreographer for the Musical and Dance concert; Supervisor for the Student Dance Concert; Dance Day recruitment and administration; season planning, guest residencies management, advising, committee work, grant writing/project direction; ACDFA conference coordination; department curriculum redesign of B.F.A. degree in Performance Dance and Musical Theatre emphases , B.A. degree in Dance, B.A. degree in Dance Minor for NASD certification; teaching all levels of Simonson Technique© , Jump Rhythm Jazz Project®-tap, Ballet, Principles of Teaching Dance; student mentor, composition, choreography and Pilates.
Resident Choreographer: 42nd Street 2007, Big River 2007
Choreographer: Dance-a-palooza concert 2006, 2008
Choreographer: Fall for Dance 2009
Rehearsal Director for Sean Curran's (More) Social Discourse, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project's Play Dirty and Stephen K. Stone's Rigadaun Nouveau.

CENTRAL PIEDMONT COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 2004 - 2006
Adjunct Professor of Dance, Department of Liberal Arts
Duties: Choreographer and Supervisor for spring dance concert, teacher for all levels of Simonson Technique©; Lecturer for classes in Cultural Dance Around the World, Dance Appreciation, Composition and Choreography.

BERKS BALLET THEATRE, 2004
Interim Artistic Director, Regional Dance America
Duties: Season planning, company direction, rehearsal direction, implemented guest residencies and public relations, Director for summer intensive; Choreographer and Faculty Instructor for all levels of Ballet, Simonson Technique©, Modern, Tap and Pilates; Choreographer for festival: Regional Dance America, North East.

WINTHROP UNIVERSITY, 2003 - 2004
Adjunct Professor of Dance, Department of Theatre and Dance
Duties: Instructor for all levels of rhythm Tap dance.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-CHARLOTTE, 2003 - 2004
Adjunct Professor of Dance, Department of Theatre and Dance
Duties: Lecturer for Cultural Dance Around the World, Instructor for all levels of rhythm Tap.

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, 2000 - 2002
Assistant Professor/Director of Dance Program, Department of Theatre and Dance
Duties: Dance program planning, scheduling, and season planning; choreography for company/musicals and concert direction; guest residencies management; dance concert supervision, recruitment, advising, committee work, juries, departmental curriculum redesign of the B.F.A. in Performing Arts, grant writing/project direction; ACDFA conference coordination; and teaching all levels of Simonson Technique©, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project® tap dance, partnering, musical theatre styles and choreography.
Choreographer: Chicago, Masque of the Red Death, An Evening of Dance '01, '02, '03, '04.

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI, 1994 - 1995, 1996 - 1999
Lecturer: Dance, Theatre Department
Duties: Simonson Technique©, Ballet, rhythm Tap dance, Pilates, partnering, Musical Theatre Styles.

Adjunct Professor, Theatre Department
Duties: Teacher for all levels of Simonson Jazz Technique©, non-major Modern,
Choreographer, Theatre Department: The Grapes of Wrath.

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, COLLEGE AND HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION, MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM, 1999 - 2000
Adjunct Professor, Department of Theatre and Musical Theatre
Duties: Advising, graded jury presentations, Choreography, Ballet, Partnering, advanced Simonson Technique©, beginning rhythm Tap dance: college and high school division.

MIAMI DADE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 1996 - 2000
Adjunct Professor, Department of Liberal Arts and Humanities
Duties: MDCC Dance Company season planning, choreographer, scheduling, direction, public relations, recruitment, Teacher for all levels of Ballet, Partnering, Tap, Simonson Technique©, repertory, Choreography and Composition.

MOMENTUM DANCE COMPANY, 1995 - 2000
Assistant Artistic Director/Choreographer
Duties: Season planning, company direction, choreographer, rehearsal director, taught company class, recruitment, grant writing, public relations, re-staged classic works by Doris Humphrey and Anna Sokolow.

DILLARD SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS, 1997 - 1998, 1998 - 2000
Co-director, Dance, School of Performing Arts - High School
Duties: season planning, advising, grant writing, public relations, guest residencies management, curriculum revision, taught all levels of Simonson Technique©, Composition and Choreography, Resident Choreographer.
Guest Choreographer, School of Performing Arts - High School, 1998 – 2000.

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, 1990 - 1995
Adjunct Professor, Dance Division
Duties: Season planning, direction, public relations, recruitment, choreographer, all levels of Simonson Technique© and Modern technique.

NASHVILLE DANCE PROJECT, 1991 - 1996
Artistic Director
Duties: Season planning, company direction, rehearsal director, choreographer, grant writing, Member of Board of Directors, public relations, guest residencies, budget, hiring, event coordination; all levels of Ballet, Simonson Technique©, Modern and Tap; Creator and Director of summer intensives.


Other Teaching

MERCERSBURG ACADEMY, Mercersburg, PA, 2004 - Present
Guest-teacher/choreographer, Simonson Technique© and Jump Rhythm Jazz Project® tap for the annual spring dance concert and the musical, The Boyfriend, 2006.

MILL BALLET, Lambertville, NJ, 2014 – Present
Ballet, Simonson Technique©, and Tap for year round programs. Set choreography on Roxey Ballet Trainees.

DANCE NEW AMSTERDAM, New York City, 2011-2013
Teacher for all levels of Simonson Technique©.

AMERICAN ALLIANCE for HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, RECREATION and DANCE (AAHPERD), Annual Conference, 2013
BALLETONE® master class.

COOPER RIVER BALLET, Collingswood, NJ, 2012-2016
Summer Intensive, Simonson Technique©.

DANCE NEW JERSEY, New Brunswick, NJ, 2012
Member of Board of Directors, taught Simonson Technique© master class at annual meeting.

AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL, Central Region, UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, Conway, AR, 2009
Master classes in Simonson Technique© and Touch for Health.

AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL, East-Central Region, OHIO UNIVERSITY, Athens, OH, 2007
Master classes Simonson Technique©, choreography of Vignettes adjudicated for faculty concert.

AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE, Detroit, MI, Summer Intensive, 2006
Simonson Jazz Technique© for all levels and Choreographer for end-of-session performance.

OPEN DOOR STUDIO, Charlotte, NC, 2005
Master classes in Simonson Jazz Technique© and Tap.

REGIONAL DANCE AMERICA, SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL BALLET ASSOCIATION (SERBA), Annual conference hosted by the High Point Ballet, North Carolina, 2004
Master classes in Simonson Jazz Technique©.

AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL, Great Lakes Region, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Ann Arbor, 2002
Master classes Simonson Jazz Technique©.

AMERICAN COLLEGE DANCE FESTIVAL, Northeast Region, BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY, Ohio, 2001
Mideast States Master classes Simonson Jazz Technique©.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DANCE, Nashville, TN, 1990 - 1996, 2000 - 2001
Faculty Instructor all levels of Simonson Jazz Technique©, Ballet, Modern, Tap.

FORT WAYNE BALLET, Fort Wayne, IN; Summer Intensives 1999 - 2003
Master classes all levels of Simonson Jazz Technique©.

YOUTH PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL, Louisville, KY, 2000
Guest instructor Simonson Jazz Technique©.

BERKELEY BALLET THEATER, Berkeley, CA Summer Intensive, 2000
Guest instructor all levels of s Simonson Jazz Technique©.

CONCHITA ESPINOSA ACADEMY K-8, Miami, FL Grades 5-8, 1997 - 2000
Professor of Dance all levels of Simonson Technique©, organized end-of-year festival.

MOTON MAGNET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS, Miami, FL, 1996 - 2000
Master instructor all levels of Simonson Technique© and modern grades 5-8.

FLORIDA DANCE FESTIVAL, Miami, FL, 1997 - 2000
Master instructor all levels of Simonson Technique©.

VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS, Lynchburg, VA Summer Intensive, 1998
Master classes all levels of Simonson Technique©, modern, and improvisation.

UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS, Philadelphia, PA, 1997
Master Instructor Simonson Technique©.

KINGSPORT GUILD OF BALLET, STATE OF FRANKLIN DANCE ALLIANCE, Kingsport, TN, 1996 - 1998
Master Instructor all levels of Simonson Technique© summer intensives.

DANCEWORKS OF MIAMI, Florida, 1996 - 1998
Faculty instructor all levels of Simonson Technique©, Pilates, and Tap.

BALLET ACADEMY OF MIAMI, Florida, 1996 - 1997
Faculty instructor beginner ballet.

HARPETH HALL DANCE DEPARTMENT/ACADEMY, GRADES 7-12, Nashville, TN, 1996
Master Instructor Simonson Technique©.

TENNESSEE ASSOCIATION OF DANCE STATE CONFERENCE, Chattanooga, TN, 1995
Master Instructor all levels of Simonson Technique©.

DANCE WITH THE MASTERS, CAAC DANCE ASSOCIATES, Nashville, TN, 1993
Master Instructor all levels of Simonson Technique© and Pilates.

TENNESSEE GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS, Murfreesboro, TN, 1992 - 1994
Faculty instructor all levels of Simonson Technique© summer intensive.

THE NASHVILLE BALLET, Nashville, TN, 1992 – 1994
Faculty instructor apprentice company-level Simonson Technique©.

MIDDLE TENNESSEE DANCE FESTIVAL, Franklin, TN, 1992 - 1993
Co-director, Coordinator, Instructor all levels Simonson Technique©, modern and ballet.

BERKS BALLET THEATRE, Reading, PA, Summer Intensive 1993 - 1995
Guest instructor all levels of ballet and Simonson Technique©.



SubHeader GraphicSTATEMENT OF TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

For dancers entering the performing arts, the studio and theatre are sanctuaries, a place to communicate, physically, the most intimate of expressions and ideas. For many, this safe space fosters creativity and expression of the human condition. The instant we enter the space, we are open for a moment of personal reflection and focusing to bring one's self to the process cognitively, physically, spiritually, and intellectually.

The goals rooted in all the genres I teach is training the student toward technical proficiency, prompting them to identify their relationship to dance and how that relates to the world around them, enabling them to define physical and emotional strengths and weaknesses that affect their performance and choreography, and encouraging them to achieve their dance and life goals.

I use the first few moments in class to bring our collective energy to the task at hand and assess the students' mental and physical state, allowing them a moment of reflection of their anatomical alignment, checking in with interior muscular workings and opening their mind to receive new, advanced information.

When creating lesson plans I use Backwards Design to identify the desired results, determine assessment methods, and design the exercises accordingly, for the semester, month, and week. Day-to-day teaching requires a sharp eye for timely introduction of content tailored to the unique thought process of each student. Often, student learning objectives define the pace and rigor of new concepts to foster complete understanding, not rote memorization. In the African tradition, "Repetition is Intensification," accomplishing each set of progressive exercises allows the student to satisfactorily witness their technical achievements and take personal responsibility for their progress. I encourage processing the complexities of the art form beyond the technique. We invest in the expressive potential of movement because we have a passion for the intrinsic connection of body and spirit. To foster their artistic voice, I ask myself "How can I help?" For most students this in an evolution, not a single leap of faith. Dance is an art form decisively expressed in a unique fashion that is artistic as much as it is athletic.

Movers and athletes of all sorts are in an ongoing quest to learn their own body's uniqueness and potential mobility to effectively perform movements with little or no injury. I see class as an opportunity to contribute to this learning process through self and guided technical assessment and opportunities for artistic performance; which are inherently interdependent. Positive reinforcement combined with conscious self-assessment creates a confident professional dancer and performer. This cognitive inquiry can expand the career of a dancer so that they may dance successfully for many years.

Because our content areas are performance forms, within the classroom event each individual makes an inherent contribution to the group: when we are not the performer, we are the audience. Discussing the learning process as an ongoing exercise in critical thinking is instinctive in my teaching and it is also what I believe about life in the greater sense. I wish for my students to consider that true learning is the refinement of the process of learning and that it is ongoing. It is the way in which we study that is paramount for our lifetime of growing. No matter what the subject matter, having students grow in their ability to take in information and assess it in the pursuit of cultivating beliefs and values is really the point of study. To encourage this idea of an active, continual learning process promotes strong artists because of the heightened ability to refine individual perspective.

When contributing to the process of teaching and understanding choreography and composition, my vision is to provoke the continual exploration of self-discovery and motivate the student to become their creative best by activating their thoughts, senses, emotions, intuitions, and images as the impetus to communicate through movement. In addition to learning the key choreographic elements and progressions, allowing the students to communicate through emotion, as much as concept, is key to bringing the process to a full explorative creation. Self and student driven critique encouraging them to ask open ended questions or using sentence starters like "I noticed you…." regarding the process allows them to process accomplishments and recognize points to improve upon.

Choreographically, I find inspiration through collaborations in music, art, theatre, and life experience (past and present). Some of my most memorable choreographic experiences are the ones with shared visions, ideas, and music. Sometimes, in life and in choreography, it takes a village.

While none of us can predict the future, it is my hope that we can encourage the new generation of dancers to incorporate the technology and robotics of science to assist in finding new ways of using the human form to communicate for the higher good to help save the planet, positively effect the human race, allow each student the ability create and leave a positive lasting effect on the world.

Simonson Jazz Technique

Simonson Technique© is a highly regarded dance discipline and philosophy developed by Lynn Simonson, founding director of Dance Space Center and Dance New Amsterdam, New York City. Simonson Technique© incorporates Luigi, LMA and Release concepts, Horton, Maddox, Limon, Pilates and Yoga styles. The technique was developed to cultivate the student's internal and external sense of body placement and alignment, thereby providing a safe and consistent way of working in class and performing. The concepts are applicable to all art forms allowing effective communicate in this pedagogy approach to all forms of dance technique.

 

 

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