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June 11, 2020

Schools can influence a student’s self-concept, occupational choices and their identity. I found especially influential how school groupings can affect a student’s self-esteem. One can either do well in school or not. And students in the middle are kind of neglected. For the students who do well in school, it can lead to having more self-esteem (for example: this is a high achieving student who gets high scores on standardized...

June 4, 2019

Hey Dance Teachers!

Have you ever tried using "What's your dance question?" as a way to start building a lesson plan?

I'll share one of mine from a while back. My question was "Why Do Ballerinas Wear Tutus?". Growing up, I always wore them, but never knew why. I did some research and learned that the reason why ballerinas wore them is to accentuate their legs and feet, and to support their technique through clever usage of cost...

May 26, 2019

I will never forget the happiness I felt as a child when I achieved my splits on both the right and left sides! I felt as if I did the impossible! And told myself that because I can do the splits, from now on I can accomplish anything! It was a magical moment for me because it transcended my world view. 

More than two decades later, I still have my splits. And it became my measurement of physical success as a dancer....

May 25, 2019

What's your sparkle? What is your number one passion? What makes you glow and shine?

Fortunately, I figured out the answers when I was about five-years-old. My sparkle is moving my body to music and dance from the inside out. Later in life this answer alternated a little, and changed to using dance to serve my community. 

I realized that as long as you continue to follow your sparkle, you will do fine in life. And...

May 25, 2019

Dance making can be used as a vehicle for learning. And I am appreciating more and more that dance skills are also transferable life skills. Being able to lead a group of dancers towards your choreographic vision, organizing a social event, or coming up with creative solutions to life's obstacles are all useful dance skills geared for a productive life. There is a need for me to choreograph and say what I can or cannot say wit...

August 8, 2017

Here are some pictures that captured my dancing moments. Enjoy!

June 11, 2017

With The One and Only Mr. Franco De Vita! Mr. De Vita and I go way back! He was one of my teachers at American Ballet Theatre's Summer Intensive when I attended at the ages of 17, 18, and 19. 

And here stands Mr. Raymond Lukens, co-artistic director of the ABT National Training Curriculum, and I. I call him The Walking Encyclopedia of Ballet and Beyond! 

Noticed all our turn-outs in the pictures...?

It was an...

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