I am committed to help individuals explore their abilities, creativity, and humanity through dance. I believe it is important that higher education support rich experiences for learning. I hope to engage in a dance community that champions the development of the individual for his or her own welfare as well as for the betterment of society.
John Dewey, the early twentieth-century philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer speaks of an experience as a type of energetic union where the self interacts with the world around it. He believes experiences layer new strata of meaning upon existing ones, serving as classrooms where active learning leads to the formulation of new understanding.
I take inspiration and intention from Dewey’s philosophy in my approach to teaching––the belief that the democratic essence of experience is not confined to age, race, gender, social status, or economic standing. Thus through my work, I strive to create an environment where all feel stimulated to learn––a space where each individual practices rigorously to achieve his or her potential and additionally understands the importance of being a strong, harmonious voice within a dance community.
Dance has the power to convey meaning beyond the verbal. It helps learners through spatial, aural, kinesthetic, mathematical, inter- and intra-personal means, among others. Through these various methods of communication, it is an inclusive act, fostering a sense of the individual’s worth within the group. I believe learning thrives with clear communication and through dance, I endeavor to encourage students to grow as individuals and a community as well.
The basis of my teaching therefore begins with an examination of who the learner is and a consideration of what methods of communication will be most effective and inspiring. With these strategies, I work to cultivate positive learning for my students.