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Honoring Black Resilience Through Dance: Celebrating Juneteenth and Acknowledging Our Dancestors advocacy Jun 19, 2024

Juneteenth, often referred to as our country’s second Independence Day, holds profound significance in the African American community. Despite its historical importance, many Americans remain unaware of this monumental event. 

Juneteenth marks the day when Union soldiers arrived in...

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Finding Sustainable Solutions for Wellness: A Personal Journey sustainability May 20, 2024

As dance educators, we often find ourselves juggling numerous responsibilities while striving to maintain the well-being of our dance programs. It's a challenging balance that requires constant effort and dedication. Recently, I've noticed that many of the teachers I work with have been seeking...

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Bringing Visibility to Your Dance Program: The Art of Event Planning advocacy engagement logistics production design Apr 15, 2024

Listen, I get it!!! As dedicated dance teachers, you pour your heart and soul into your program, constantly striving to create memorable experiences for your students. However, amidst the hustle and bustle of lesson planning, rehearsals, and performances, it's easy for some of your most...

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A Passion for Sharing engagement sustainability Mar 19, 2024

As a dancer and educator, my journey is never just about teaching movement; it's always been about so much more. When teaching, I am also receiving energy from those around me and this is what sustains you in the career. When I was on stage the energy happened through smiles in the audience, the...

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Embracing Growth: My Journey from the Stage to the Classroom logistics sustainability Feb 18, 2024

Transitioning from the stage to the classroom was a transformative experience, filled with challenges and rewards. Here are three key takeaways from my journey:

Continuous Learning: Pursuing a Master's in Dance Education (M.A.D.E.) at UNCG Greensboro was a pivotal decision that expanded my...

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Creating Dance for Social Change: Empowering Students to Make a Difference advocacy engagement production design Jan 29, 2024

Dance, as an art form, has the incredible power to transcend the stage and become a catalyst for social change. It all starts with a conversation with your students. For me, I was having a tough time with one particular class. In that class there were a lot of leaders…think captain of the...

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Creating a Thriving Dance Program: Strategies for Dance Educators Jan 02, 2024

I used to think that my program wasn't able to thrive. There were missing pieces that I couldn't figure out. I wanted to create a program that everyone raved about, including me. Building a successful dance program goes beyond teaching the technique of dance; it's about program development and...

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On my journey, Get the Gig Sep 15, 2023

If you’re not up to speed with the journey, please go back and read because you won’t be disappointed. You know that I quit my corporate job and I took a leap of faith and moved to New York City to pursue my dream of becoming a dancer. Along my journey I was helped by my cousin...

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On my journey...My Motivation engagement sustainability Sep 08, 2023

Who inspires you?

So if you’ve been following me on my journey you know that I took a leap of faith and moved from New York City to pursue my dream of becoming a professional dancer. My eyes were set for the stage but I just didn’t know how I would get there. What I did know is that...

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On my journey...Oh the places you will go! sustainability Sep 01, 2023

Oh “So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

I have...

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Rekindling Your Passion: Rediscovering the Joy of Dance sustainability Aug 22, 2023

Do you find yourself missing the sheer joy of dancing? When you are in the classroom full time, it's easy to get caught up in teaching and forget the reasons we fell in love with dance. Let's explore five simple ways to reconnect with the joy of dancing and rediscover our "why."

Reflect on the...

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