BA (Hons) Dance Theatre from Laban Centre, London (1997-2000)
Graduate Diploma in Advanced Performance
(practical credits of MA in Performance)
Laban Centre, London
WORKING EXPERIENCE AS A DANCE EDUCATOR
Mind Builders Creative Arts Center
September 2008 â€“ present
Teacher of tap (all levels), modern (inter/advanced) pre-ballet and ballet.
Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY, 2007-present
Tap, Modern, Theater Jazz, Composition
For ages 8 and up, all ability levels
Teaching Artist for several company residencies at public schools in Brooklyn, during school and after-school times, leading dance programs that took students through warm-ups, dance sequences, group and individual choreography and performance.
2007 International Summer School (Contemporary Technique Level 1, Youth Choreography)
2004 International Summer School (Contemporary Technique Level 1)
2004-05 â€“ teaching for youth and dance outreach programs, and teaching adult professional classes for Laban evening school.
XIV International Contemporary Dance Conference and Performance Festival/Silesian Dance Theatre â€“
Bytom, Poland, 2007
Teacher- Advanced technique for professional dancers, specializing in Laban-influenced and Release-based techniques.
Workshop Leader/Choreographer - Led community outreach projects based in dance movement therapy for people with mental illness.
Oaklands Community School
Performing Arts Specialist School
Southampton, UK, 2007
Teacher - contemporary dance/composition for children aged 11-16. Choreographed and facilitated student performance during residency period.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company
New York, NY, 2006-present
Program Leader/teacher/choreographer for Project Poetry Live! with Litchfield Performing Arts. Residency/performances in Litchfield and Waterbury, Connecticut â€“ both in 2007 and 2008.
Teacher - Shuang Wen Dual Language Academy after-school program. Dance for 4th and 6th grade students in modern dance and choreography, with elements of martial arts. Production/ Performance coordinator for end of year performance series. Also worked as education supervisor for the year-round program, visiting other classes, reporting to the artistic director and leading teacher-feedback sessions.
Random Dance Company
London, UK, 2004-05
Teacher - Random:Ten project with children in London public schools- working with award-winning choreographer Wayne McGregor and creating performance work for the children.
London, UK, 2002-05
Education Coordinator/Teacher - in collaboration with Artistic Director Thomas Small, initiated programs for children from ages 5 upwards in modern dance, delivered programs at public and private schools in London.
Bedlam Dance Company
London, UK, 2004
Teacher/ Assistant Choreographer - Led special intensive performance project for schoolchildren in south London, in partnership with Laban and Greenwich Dance Agency, working closely with Artistic Director Yael Flexer.
Other teaching credits include: Stagecoach Theatre Arts (2003-05), Wisemoves Dance (2004-05), Hertford Regional College (2003-04), Combination Dance Company (2003-04), National Childrenâ€™s Homes UK (2003), Barnet College (2003), The Open University (2001), Transitions Dance Company (2000-01).
Invited to speak at Oaklands Community School (Southampton, UK), a Performing Arts Specialist School, about my dance career, advice for young dancers, injury prevention and professional dance training (December 2006).
Awarded Simone Michelle Awards Prize from Laban, London, for outstanding choreographic achievement (2000).