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i began dancing at mclane high school the summer before my junior year (1995). after just dancing a year at mclane high school my first teaching experience came as i assisted in the teaching of new dancers coming into the group. at times throughout my junior and senior years i took lessons from ann rotella (a highland dance teacher located now in reedley) and janet pattullo. janet was a teacher in sacramento that traveled to modesto to teach once a week. i could not make regular classes during high school, but occasionally i was able to travel with katie geary-jackson and erin mcdoniel-chavez for lessons.

during this time i was able to attend a few competitions around california and was at the novice level of dancing when i graduated.  due to financial constraints and injury i did not pursue highland dancing immediately after high school.  erin convinced me to start dancing again in the winter of 1998.  i was now 19 and still in the novice class, but i was now able to travel regularly to modesto and then to sacramento for lessons from janet.  throughout the years i moved up through the ranks of highland dancing and made it to the premier level of dancing.

in october of 2002 i passed the teaching exam (commended) and became a member of the batd (british association of teacher's of dance). from january of 2003 to august 2004 i taught at cynthia merrill's school of performing arts.   the studio environment helped me develop my teaching experience further, but i needed more flexibility in the scheduling and organizing of classes.  the best solution i could see was creating my own teaching environment for my students.  i now offer classes in my home and encourage my students to participate in performances with the fresno stag and thistle pipe band.

as of december 2005 i have 8 students.  3 in the 4-6 beginner class, 4 ages 9-12 and one 15 year old.  as the school increases in size i hope to begin planning performances, including school, retirement home and city events.

 

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