How do I prepare for my first EN POINTE PLUSSM DANCE MASTERY INSTITUTE Coaching Session? Prior to working with me, all clients will have a 30 minute consultation. Students complete an EPPsm Consultation Intake Form and take the Learning Styles Quiz. We’ll discuss your prior dance training experience and your dominant learning style. Understanding your specific goals will allow me to tailor your session so that you get maximum results. Understanding your dominant learning style allows me to communicate more effectively with you. Click here: Learning Style Quiz, complete the quiz and email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your results prior to our consultation.
What should the students know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
The fees posted are standard competitive rates for a dance professional with my background. However, every situation is different and I work with my students to reach a price that is fair and affordable. Packages (multiple sessions purchased up front ) provide the greatest discounts. Fess are non-refundable if cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice.
What is your typical process for working with a new students?
Prior to attending a private coaching session, students will be asked to complete an EPP℠ Dance Mastery Institute Consultation Intake Form (to establish a baseline and identify their goals) and complete an online learning styles quiz. Then we will organize a 30 minute phone consultation to review the results and set goals for our work together. These results allow me to tailor the session to each client’s specific needs and interests. After a few sessions we will review, reflect and decide next steps.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
As an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia from 2007 – 2013, I taught all levels of ballet. I am an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. I earned a Certificate of Completion in the Vaganova Syllabus with John White, a comprehensive pedagogue course 1st, 2nd & 3rd years in Bryn Mawr, PA.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
My ballet training began with Ron Colton at the Augusta Ballet ( Since 2016, Colton Ballet) and I subsequently became a Principal Ballerina with Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) enjoying a 22-year career. While performing with DTH, I taught residencies and master classes as an Adjudicator/Master Teacher of Arthur Mitchell’s Dancing Through Barriers program, which was created to provide dance education to people of all backgrounds. The “Chance to Dance” program with The Royal Ballet in London, England and DTH outreach activities in South Africa and Egypt were a part of this program. I was featured in a promotional video for the Dance Theatre of Harlem-Kennedy Center Community Residency program.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with ballet, modern, jazz and hip hop dance artists of all levels. Some of my students have gone on to have lucrative dance careers on Broadway, on cruise ships and in concert dance companies. I have trained actors to become comfortable with movement and coached senior executives on entering and exiting the stage powerfully. I have coached fencing artists, and ice skaters on the healthiest ways to use their bodies by focusing on proper alignment, strength and flexibility.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a Master Teacher in your area of work?
Be clear about your goals. Hire a credentialed professional. Check their references. Commit to working hard and remember that Rome was not built in a day. Understand that a strong technical foundation makes the difference between a capable and an exceptional dance artist. Structured technique classes supported by private coaching sessions are the best investment you can make towards a long and rewarding dance career. Remember, you only have one instrument to use, make it the best it can be.