Photography: Sumi Wu and Renée Adams

Photography: Sumi Wu and Renée Adams

With 14 years of experience in dance performance, teaching, and arts education management I have taught extensively in private and public K-12 schools, dance studios, community centers, colleges and child care centers. I have taught all ages and abilities in a variety of settings, including at-risk and autism students as a teaching artist and pre-professionals as a faculty member. Recently, I have returned to live and work in Eastern Washington and as of September 2016 have stepped into the role of Director of Programs and Outreach for Mid-Columbia Ballet. 

Alongside my full time performing career in contemporary dance, I have developed sustainable outreach programming for four dance companies with a focus on arts integration and curriculum development. In developing these programs I worked closely with Artistic Directors, classroom teachers, and mentors to clarify organization and program goals. As I look forward to the next part of my career, I'm curious how I can impact both the arts and education community by using my skills in arts integration and dance education to connect students, classroom teachers, and administrators through the art of movement. I'm inspired by innovation in both sectors as well as drawn to tradition, and try to use both approaches in every part of my work. 

Challenging students of all ages and abilities to find excellence in technique and confidence in expression is one of my core values as a techer. I am driven to create nurturing and focused learning environments by encouraging students to actively participate in their own learning through reflection and interaction. 

A mission driven approach to creating curriculum and assessment, and expertise with incorporating national and state learning standards, are keys to my success as an outreach manager. I have developed programming for both culturally specific and arts integrated residencies and assemblies. I provide research and reporting to generate statistical and narrative data used for evaluating program impact and future professional development. Administratively, my responsibilities have included budget management, schedule coordination, community liaison efforts, marketing, artist recruitment and training. 

I have remained relevant in national education trends through my work with arts education organizations including Young Audiences, The Right Brain Initiative and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE). I am also a member of the National Dance Education Organization and Americans for the Arts. Please contact me via email at for discussions, opportunities, or questions.