I strive to offer the best dance education possible for your child.
Dance instruction and proper technique start at a very young age. I feel that it is imperative that good technique is established at a very early age, so that a dancer can develop at more advanced levels as they get older; such as leaps, turns and advanced combinations. Ballet especially, is the strong foundation for all dance genres. There is nothing more rewarding than having the opportunity of working with 3, 4 and 5 year olds and seeing the end result of a polished dancer with proper technique in her/his high school years. Proper technique at an early age is key. It is also important to find the “happy medium” between structure and fun.
I have many ideas for our little ones to offer a fun way to learn the art of dance and to keep them engaged so they LOVE coming to class and look forward to it each and every week!
As for our intermediate and advanced students, I continue to challenge these girls with new choreography, leaps and turns etc. and also bring in guest instructors for workshops and extra classes!
I invest my energies into offering all of these things in a fun, positive environment where your dancer will feel connected and loved regardless of her/his age. I want them to also learn confidence and life skills that will carry on into their future and memories that will last a lifetime.
Also, that hard work and determination will always pay off in whatever you do. I am pleased that the team members will be share in my same philosophies. I have been blessed with these amazing instructors who truly care about their students. These women are, no doubt, part of my family. Together, we are dedicated in offering these things to every student.
Every age brings its own joys! I love watching a 3 year old come in for the first time, nervous, not wanting to leave their mom... then watching them at the recital performing with a huge smile on their face, as proud as they can be! It is so rewarding! Then, as they grow up, I watch them struggle with a step or trick. We encourage them to work at it and practice and show we believe in them. One day they have that moment of, "I got it!" It is awesome to see the pride and sense of accomplishment on their faces!
I started dancing at the age of 3 at The Dance Realm. Throughout my years at the studio I have taken tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, and leaps and turns classes. At the age of 7, I started on the competition team and performed in multiple duets and trios. I was on the Highlands Dance team for seven years (2 on middle school, 1 on junior varsity, 4 on varsity). I am beyond excited to be a part of the amazing Dance Realm staff and share my knowledge and passion for dance with the dancers!
I took ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, leaps/turns and hip hop from this studio starting with I was three years old. I was part of a studio competition team for 10 years and have done multiple duets and trios throughout that time. I was a member of the Highlands Dance Team for 7 years (2 on middle school; 1 on junior varsity, 4 on varsity). I started my dance teaching career as a demonstrator and now teach dance classes, teams, and solos/duets/trios. I am excited to be sharing my love of all dance styles with my students.
I graduated summa cum laude from NKU with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, where I received a full 4-year scholarship due to academics and my attendance at the Kentucky Governor's School For the Arts. I was one of 26 students chosen to attend the dance program at GSA out of the entire state of Kentucky. I also performed in shows with NKU’s Theatre Department and was a member of the Dance Troupe, where I had the opportunity to dance a pre-concert show for the composer Olafur Arnalds, in addition to performing at the Jarson-Kaplan Theatre at the Aronoff, the Contemporary Arts Center downtown, and all around the tri-state. I studied under Heather Britt, Jay Goodlett, Jane Green, Renee McCafferty, and several guest artists. I have received special awards as a dancer and soloist, as well as special awards and choreography awards as an instructor. I began demonstrating at the age of 10 and teaching/choreographing in high school. Teaching brings me a kind of fulfillment that performing can’t. I love getting to build relationships with so many hard-working and deserving students. Knowing that they trust me to push them to their full potential makes my job feel special.
I started taking classes at The Dance Realm at the age of 3, joined a competitive team at age 10, and continued dancing here until I graduated in 2019. I trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical throughout the years, and enjoyed demonstrating for the younger classes as well. Now that I am teaching, I love to see the dancers share the same passion that I grew up having for dance! It's so rewarding to be able to contribute to the next generations talent and watch their love for dance grow!
I began teaching in 2016 right after I graduated from high school. I have choreographed for all styles of dance and specialize in Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary. Throughout my years of teaching, I have grown so much as a teacher and a choreographer through receiving choreography awards, judge's awards, and other notable acknowledgments at competitions. The most important part of my job is to build relationships with my students and to create a fun and positive environment for everyone. My hope for each of my dancers is that they enjoy coming to dance each week and develop the same love for dance as I had. I continue to challenge and introduce my dancers to new styles and skills so they continually improve over the years.
Prior to teaching, I began dancing at the age of 3 and was a competitive dancer from age 8 to 17. I was a member of the first Highlands Middle School Dance team in 2010 as a 7th grader, and continued on through my 8th grade year. I also was a member of the Highlands Varsity Dance Team for 4 years. I attended the University of Cincinnati from 2016-2020 and graduated with my degree in Organizational Leadership and Business.
The Dance Realm has given me the opportunity to become a role model and an artist. The relationships I have developed with my dancers, their families, and my co-workers has contributed to my love for this job.
I have danced here at the Dance Realm for 15 years, was a competitive dancer here for 11 years, and have demonstrated for 6 years. I have begun teaching here at the studio and I absolutely love it. Creating bonds with the dancers and teaching them things they never thought they could do is so rewarding. Seeing some of our shy dancers blossom and open up on stage makes my heart so full. I have always loved performing so seeing someone else find that love brings immense joy to me as a teacher. I cherish the amazing friendships and connections I have with everyone here and I am so excited to see how much our dancers can grow!!
I began my dance career in 2002 at this studio and started assisting with the younger classes in middle school. After graduating high school, I acquired an AAIS with a focus in Dance from NKU. Dance has always been such a huge part of my life, so I am extremely grateful to share my love of dance with the next generation of dancers. It is so rewarding to watch students grow in just a few months at a time; and there is nothing like seeing our dancers on stage at competitions and recitals showing off what they've learned!
I have over two decades devoted to dance education and choreography. My training began at local studios and evolved to national training with renowned choreographers. I've built a career fueled by my passion for dance.
Starting professionally at 15, I've danced on stages and coached diverse groups – from sports teams to high schools – across Kentucky and Ohio. As a former studio owner, I've led award-winning competition teams and received recognition for my innovative choreography.
Beyond the dance world, I'm a Director of Mobile Marketing at Fidelity Investments, holding a Marketing degree from Northern Kentucky University. I currently reside in Anderson Township with my husband, three daughters, and two dogs. I am also a Highlands High School graduate, so I am looking forward to being at The Dance Realm in both Fort Thomas and Anderson- two communities that I love!
I'm excited to share my passion for dance at TDR. I am a firm believer in the transformative impact of dance. For me, dance is more than movement; it's about cultivating confidence, fostering inclusivity, lifelong friendships, and life lessons. I am thrilled to be here and looking forward to dancing together!