Position: Instructor: Tiny Jig, Pre-Beginner, Beginner, Adult classes
What movie can you watch over and over and never get tired of? Why?
Pretty much every Disney princess movie. They remind me of going to Disney world with my family when I was little and just always make me happy!
What do most people not know about you?
I cosplay once a year, dressing up as a twist on a Disney character and hanging out with other people who do the same.
How long have you been working at SRL? Why SRL?
2.5 years, after college I stopped dancing because I couldn't find somewhere to continue but a few years later I found SRL's adult class. Once I was there, I got to talking to Courtney about my previous experience and that I had taught before. I started with subbing in some classes for her that year then started teaching full time that spring. It's a joy to be able to help the students develop all of their skills and watch them grow.
How long have you been dancing? Why Irish dance?
I’ve been Irish dancing for 19 years now. I chose it because at the time it was something new and exciting but continued because it was always a challenge to improve and learn new skills.
How has dance affected your everyday life?
It's a fun thing to connect with others about, and a little crazy sometimes to see how many people actually have some experience with something you might think is not as widespread!
What’s your secret talent?
Normally this would be the question I answer "Irish Step" to, but I don't think I can do that here, haha. My secret talent is that I can drive miniature horses.
What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited? (Remember travel?!)
The coolest place I've ever visited is France. I was able to go up the Eiffel tower, walk down the Champs-Élysées, and visit Normandy.
Why do you think people dance?
I think people Irish dance to give them a fun challenge. The feeling of satisfaction after mastering something becomes a little addictive and drives you to accomplish more and more. Dance in general is also a great way to connect with others and form friendships.
What advice do you have for aspiring dancers?
There is always something to work on, whether or not what you’re practicing seems challenging. Add an element to keep improving, for example if you think your turnout is good, work on your upper body posture, holding yourself straight and keeping your arms still, while practicing your turnout skills.
What’s the most important quality to have in life?
Perseverance, the ability to continue to work towards what you want even if you're pushed backwards or have to find a new path.
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