A: I am originally from Texas but my husband and I have been living in Nashville for the better part of the past 13 years. He works in Christian music so Nashville has been a great place for both of us to be able to live out our dreams together. I have danced professionally here in Nashville, mostly touring and performing with various country and Christian music artists. Most of my teaching experience has been at local studios such as DC Dance Factory, but I have also worked with many area schools including BA, BGA, Franklin and Centennial High Schools, Oak View Elementary, and Columbia State Community College. Ironically, I found out about the teaching position at Ensworth through a friend that had actually interviewed for the job and thought that I would be a good fit!
Q: What are your visions for the dance program?
A: I have big dreams for the dance program at Ensworth and look forward to seeing them come to fruition. I envision a program that has something to offer ANYONE and EVERYONE who has an interest in dance, on whatever level that might be. I hope for the Dance Company to provide a great source of enrichment for the advanced dancer during the school day, as well as the opportunity to share with the Ensworth student body their passion and discipline. I want to provide classes that will spark students’ interests in a variety of styles, from hip-hop to tap, and cultivate a greater appreciation throughout the school for what a relevant and inspiring art form dance truly is. I would love to see dance represented more at the Red Gables campus, perhaps not only as an after school opportunity, but as an elective during the school day as well.
Q: What does your life look like outside of Ensworth?
A: My life outside of Ensworth is wild, crazy, and fun thanks to my two sons Nolan (6 years) and Parker (3 years). I try to soak up every minute I have with them after school and on the weekends by spending time outdoors and taking them to do fun activities, like bowling or miniature golf. I like to exercise although I don’t do it as often as I should, claiming the defense that “my job is exercise”. I do enjoy the occasional “date night” and love to go out to eat and to the movies with my hubby. I live quite a distance from school (in Nolensville) so a good bit of my time is spent in the car, but I relish the time that I get to listen to music and dream up choreography ideas!
Q: Tell us your most spectacular dance experience you had before coming to Ensworth.
A: While dancing on tour is a tough experience to beat, being a featured choreographer on CMT’s reality game show “Your Chance to Dance” would have to be my most personally fulfilling dance experience to date. I traveled to LA for two weeks to film the show and worked with some of the industry’s top up and coming choreographers. I was the only choreographer working on the show who was not based in LA, and was suddenly working with the very people that serve as my professional role models. It was a great learning experience and I was thrilled to have a winning contestant on one of the episodes! Helping someone win $10,000 is definitely a great feeling and a moment that I will cherish.
Q: Tell us something that we would be surprised to know about you.
A: I think people would be surprised to know that when my parents first signed me up for dance lessons when I was about 3 years old, I hated it and cried through my first performance. In second grade I begged and pleaded to try it again and from that point on I have never wanted to do anything else. I was hooked!
Q: Who is the next person from Red Gables that you would like to see featured?
A: I would love to see Grace Tseng featured next month.