|Hello (or rather, bonjour)!
I will never forget the first time I walked into the pink house on Tennessee Street to register for my first official ballet classes at age six. I was so excited to start dancing, and I did so at The Children’s Ballet for the next 12 years. The Children’s Ballet holds a very special place in my heart – this studio is where I learned not only solid technique, performance skills, French terms, musicality, ballet history, and a love of
the arts, but I also discovered my love of teaching and the importance of a dance family.
I took these lessons with me as I went on to dance (a lot) at Anderson University, where I earned a degree in Dance Business summa cum laude and with departmental honors. In college I expanded not only my love of dance and technical skills, but also my choreographic and intellectual knowledge. During my time at college, I still periodically taught at The Children’s Ballet – I haven’t missed a performance since 1998!
When I’m not in the studio teaching, I’m probably in the studio dancing! I am a Co-Founder and the Director of Education and Communication with Crossroads Dance Indy, a local dance collective.
I’m so proud and grateful to be a part of The Children’s Ballet, from student to artistic director. As an instructor, I get to share my love and technique with all the wonderful students. As artistic director, I strive to maintain our high quality of dance education, as well as oversee and plan the spring performance and seek out additional artistic and growth opportunities.
Now in my fourth year of directorship, my focus continues to include increasing support for the arts and continuing to connect the arts organizations in Hendricks County, as well as creating future tuition scholarships for students. When we collaborate and support each other, we are stronger and can create amazing things in and for our community. I am so thankful for our amazing young people who fill it with dance and the incredible families who support us. The studio is truly a community effort, and I strive to continue the traditions from my time here with Miss Deni, while continuing to build our own future.
Thank you all so much for being a part of The Children’s Ballet. It is truly an honor to be able to share dance and everything I have gained from this studio with so many wonderful young people.