What is your favorite thing about being a dance teacher at Brodhead Dance Academy? One of my favorite things about teaching at Brodhead Dance Academy is seeing the excitement on the kids’ faces when they first come into the studio, start learning their recital dances, or see their costume for the first time! It’s also very neat for me to see things come full circle. I now get to teach the kids of my former teachers at Brodhead Schools.
What age did you first start dancing? I started dancing when I was 3 years old, and I started teaching when I was 16. I spent most of my years dancing at a studio in Janesville, where I attended many DMW conventions and was a member of my studio’s competition team.
Where did you receive your training and what certifications do you have? After dancing for BDA for 15 years, I left to go off to college at UW-Whitewater. While attending college for Elementary Education, I took many dance classes and training through whitewater and got my Dance minor there as well.
What words of advice do you have for our young dancers? The best advice that I was given and say to all my dancers is to “let dance be your outlet.” Allow dance as your place to let out your feelings and emotions in a way that makes it comfortable and fun.
Tell me about you in a few sentences. Outside of teaching dance, I am also a 3rd grade teacher in Brodhead. I was born and raised in Brodhead and continue to live here myself with my husband, Quinn. When I am not dancing and teaching, you can find me always outside doing anything I can to keep myself busy and active. Teaching both at school and at dance is a part of me that I am so incredibly passionate about. I love teaching all my students and seeing them grow throughout life. Dance is a way for all of us to have fun, be active, and see the creativity within ourselves!