As a Teaching Artist, I am deeply committed to a safe and playful space when working with children. A majority of my work has been with Dancing Classrooms, an SEL program for children who are assigned ballroom dancing during the school day. Ballroom dancing can be a scary experience when making contact with your classmates. I work diligently to help create safe spaces for kids to be brave (through jokes and the rhythms of the lesson), I give structure so the children know the expectations (through repetition and joy), and I foster team work with the whole class (short sequences of success, sit down discussions with personal reflections, silly games and delightful music). At the end of all of this is an organized Culminating Event, sometimes with 8 classes moving and sharing in the hour, about 250 students at once, and all with a goal to celebrate everyone’s accomplishments and their journey.
social and emotional learning between students and teachers based on mutual respect, courtesy, and cross-cultural understanding through ballroom dancing.
reaching over 3,500 4th, 5th, and 8th graders in the New York City Public School System
Beyond the 7 dances taught to the children, a performance is created, curriculum connections are written and performed, and often a ballroom team of 12 is chose to compete within the 5 boroughs.
Dancing with Humans
a workshop focused on partnership and breaking boundaries, taught at
Constellation Summer Camp 2019 at Tiyatro Medresesi.