I began dancing at the Alameda School of Dance with Mora and Wendy Stone where I also began teaching dance at age 12. That class assistant job helped to pay for more Ballet, Tap, Gymnastics, and Jazz classes and opened the door into Pamm Drake’s, Dance/5. With Pamm’s junior company, I performed in bi annual shows, county and state fairs, and traveled to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, and Hong Kong. These experiences, while attending Holy Names High School, sparked my life long commitment to teaching dance and the love of travel.

While at UCLA, I majored in African-American studies with a concentration in Dance and continued to perform both on and off campus, most notably as step master of Mu Alpha chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. I also began my Modern and West African training there and upon graduation in 1993, continued to serve the UCLA community through work at Parking Services (one of the most coveted and fun on-campus jobs). I continued serving the larger Los Angeles community through Sigma Gamma Rho service projects such as the MLK, Jr. Parade and post-riot clean up.

In 1994, I joined the teaching forces of Compton then Los Angeles Unified as an elementary teacher. After incorporating dance into my curriculum for 5 years, I became one of the first Traveling Dance Teachers in LAUSD. This position gave me the opportunity to bring dance to children all over the district through residency programs and culminating performances. Concurrently, I received my teaching certificate at CSUDH; taught dance in after school programs and Lula Washington’s Dance Theatre. Life at LWDT opened the door into Afro-Caribbean dance as well. It was there that I performed Afro-Caribbean dance and was introduced to the Dunham technique.

As a single mother of a natural performer, I knew NYC was the place we would both thrive. In 2000, I relocated to teach dance in the public school system and attend NYU. After receiving an MA in Dance Education in 2004, I continued to bring dance to elementary students in Harlem in conjunction with a theater teacher and two music teachers. These years included co-producing, co-directing, and choreographing 3-5 major performances per year during our 5 years together. Suffice it to say we had a passion for putting children onstage!

In 2006, I moved back to middle school dance and continued my work with the United Federation of Teachers as Chapter Leader. During those 2 years, I further developed my culturally relevant and diverse dance curriculum and my life-long interest in performing full time and pursuing a career in sports/ sports service was reignited. Fast forward to a semester at Stephens College, then a year in MA teaching dance at Bridgewater State College, Dana Hall and working full time at Boston Sports club, I realized more and more how much was missing from my life: the desire to perform for a living was far outweighing my love of seeing my students perform.

With the myriad of studios in NYC, I began sharing my love of dance at Peridance, Restoration, and 92nd St Y. These opportunities enhanced my teaching practices and opened the door to more onstage performances. I realized that rehearsal director is definitely one of my dream jobs and that my performance let down was only getting more difficult to manage.

Since 2014, as I entered my platinum anniversary of teaching, I embarked on serious work with a career coach, vocal coach and continued taking 7-10 dance classes a week to match the rigors of an 8 show/week schedule. I also started working at MetLife and Yankee stadiums and the Beacon theatre in 2015. All of this work, including my Ailey Extension performance workshops and Making It On Broadway and New York Film Academy Intensives, has shifted my goal to performing full time and teaching on the side.

I want to do it all: perform on a cruise ship; travel with a touring company; master stunts and stunt driving (people who know me certainly see me in action franchises like Fast and Furious!); AND become an athletic trainer for a major sports league. For now, I am supporting my daughter through her dance career at Montclair State University and seeking representation to help me realize my goals.

Have to go…..it’s time for class!!