Teaching

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To dance is to give oneself up to the rhythms of all life.
~Dr. Maya V. Patel

As a teacher, it is my goal to help students experience the world more richly. Dance is a field as diverse as the human experience. Each student brings the unique qualities of their physical histories and cultural backgrounds to their movement vocabulary. It is my goal as an educator to facilitate the discovery of new ways of moving and feeling the self; to illuminate new insights and connections for each individual student. I am interested in how we all uniquely carry the dance within us. I am curious how we connect and make meaning of the world around us through our physicality. Moving and dancing provide a way for us to tap into our most ancient practices and rituals as humans. I enjoy the process of bringing this tone to my weekly technique classes, lectures, and rehearsals at UCSD. My desire is to create a place where we can feel more of our moving selves, a vibrating, luminous space, where the world unfolds in breaths and connections to the universe around us . . . a place where we let go of the tension of time and step into the dancing ground . . . living each moment in the DANCE.

I teach the following courses in the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of California, San Diego:

Advanced and Intermediate Ballet Technique
Advanced and Intermediate Contemporary Technique
Movement Analysis
Dance Pedagogy
Dance History and Cultural Perspectives on World Dance