Creativity and athleticism have always played a role in my life, so dancing was a perfect way to combine the two. I danced continuously from the age of 5 until 18 when life led me away from dancing for a time. As a young dancer I trained very strictly in the Vaganova style of ballet with instructors Mark and Sandra Carlson. I began dancing on Michelle Latimer’s senior company at the age of 13 and trained there until I was 18. At Michelle’s I was trained by an amazing faculty (including Michelle Latimer, Nicole Kahre, Katrina Lairsmith, and Angelina Armeiskaya and again Mark Carlson for a short time) and exposed to world renowned choreographers. I was a scholarship student there during my junior year.
During my early adult life I found other creative outlets and I earned a degree from the Art Institute of Colorado for Film and Video Production. I became a certified personal trainer and I attended Metropolitan State College of Denver as a Women’s Studies major (where I currently attend as a Finance Major). Life led me back to dance when I began teaching on the faculty of Danza Dance Academy, where I was honored to work with very talented staff which included Laura Hinton, Terrell Davis, Mindy Blank, Christina Martin and Kelly Frazer. I began dancing professionally on Davis Contemporary Dance Company during this time as well.
I am delighted that my life led me back to dance and also feel that having had some time away from the dance scene was beneficial for me personally, because it gave me a good perspective on other things that are important you know…besides dance. I think that my diverse dance and educational background give me the tools to be a good role model for young women and to help them on their (not so easy) path to young adulthood. I am so excited to be teaching for Boutique Dance Academy and I look forward to working with anyone looking for a positive outlet for their energy.