I am a dance teacher, anthropologist and traveler, specializing in body awareness and wellbeing in Portland, Oregon. I have taught wedding prep for 15 years; Argentine tango for 20 years; salsa for 25 years; and ballroom and Latin dance styles for 30 years. I currently teaching group classes in Argentine tango and private/couple lessons in all the other styles.
My journey to teaching dance
I started dancing in college, taking ballroom dance, and I fell in love with it. People told me I was too old to start, too fat to be a ballerina, and not graceful enough. But by the time I graduated, I had taken every dance class offered by my college and was already teaching dance.
After college, I taught English with the Peace Corps. When I finished Peace Corps, I went back to school and earned an M.A. in dance, focusing on dance and personal and ethnic identity. I earned another M.A. in cultural anthropology, researching tango in Buenos Aires.
Everyone can be a dancer
Dance is for everyone. There is no such thing as a non-dancer--that person just hasn’t learned to dance yet! I have never met someone I could not teach to dance. I teach beginners, people who are afraid of dancing, advanced tango performers, professionals, couples, college students, and retired people.
My teaching approach
No two people learn dance the same way. I work with my students to craft an approach that is based on their individual needs. After teaching for thirty years, I still work on learning new ways to help people develop body awareness, better balance and posture. I have extensive experience teaching people with anxiety disorders, people on the autism spectrum, and introverts.