"You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive." - Merce Cunningham
After being cast in the Nutcracker at a very young age, I had my sights set on the role every little girl desires, Clara. I became obsessed with ballet! I worked endless hours daily, spent summers filled with workshops, master classes, and intensives until finally my dream came true. At the age of 12, after spending my first summer at the American Ballet Theatre Detroit Summer Intensive, I was cast in my dream role as Clara. I ended up performing the role for 6 seasons. As I evolved as an artist, so the part evolved with me. Once that dream had been realized, I decided to pursue a career doing what I love; dancing and sharing the love of this beautiful artform. Words can not express what dancing does for my heart. When I am on stage, it's like I'm sharing what is in my soul with the audience. Dancing and performing is the ultimate form of expression. It takes me to another place and I get to portray another person or character, whether they have similar or polar opposite characteriscs of my own personality. Throughout the years I have enjoyed developing my artistry. From the sweet and naive title role in "Cinderella" and the technically demanding and strong Lilac Fairy in "Sleeping Beauty*," to the cruel and evil Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz," I have relished in the opportunity to develop the many facets of these characters.
Originally from Taylor, Michigan, I began my training with Patricia Squire Lorenz and Leif Lorenz at Ballet Americana. I continued training throughout my college years with Patricia and Leif and was given the opportunity to perform many classical and contemporary ballets. I supplemented my training in the Detroit Metro area with Samantha Shelton and later with Christina Kammuller, and Lisa Mayer of Toledo Ballet. My summers were spent training at The David Howard Summer Intensive, The Bolshoi at Vail, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Midwest, and on scholarship with Ballet Met. While performing in the Regional Dance America Midstates Festival, I was chosen to perform with RDA at The International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Studying on a dance scholarship at Eastern Michigan University, under the guidance of Sherry Jerome and Holly Hobbs, I won The National Society of Arts and Letters Career Award for ballet and represented Michigan at the nationals. After performing a season with the Detroit Opera House Civic Ensemble, under the direction of Samantha Shelton and Michael Anderson, I began my professional career with Ballet Theatre of Ohio. Under the direction of Artistic Director Christine Meneer, I had the opportunity to dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen and Arabian in "The Nutcracker," Wicked Witch of the West in the premier of "The Wizard of Oz," Lilac Fairy in "The Sleeping Beauty," and many contemporary works in the Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festivals, including "One" by Joseph Morrissey. In the winter of 2010, I was invited to perform with Verb Ballets, in Cleveland, OH. I recently finished my sixth season with the Lexington Ballet. My repertoire with the company has included Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Dew Drop, Don Quixote Pas de deux, Fairy Doll, Swanilda in "Coppelia", The title role in "Cinderella", Evil Witch in "Snow White", The Queen of Hearts in "Alice in Wonderland", and many original works by director Luis Dominguez. In June of 2016, my family and I relocated to Akron, OH.
I have a passion for teaching dancers of all ages and abilities and believe in building a dancer’s confidence in a positive and nurturing environment. I enjoy being able to share my love and enthusiasm for this beautiful art form, which to me is the ultimate form of expression. I have had the pleasure of being a guest ballet instructor for The University of Michigan’s musical theatre department, Eastern Michigan University, and have been on faculty for Lexington Ballet School, Christine Jones- Meneer School of Dance (school for Ballet Theatre of Ohio), and Toledo Ballet, along with many schools nationally.
*Link to Performance Review