Thursday, April 7, 2011


Wow, life is so crazy right now! So many wonderful things are happening so quickly and trying to keep up with everything is proving to be a unique challenge to say the least. I am currently in the middle of putting together my grand benefit dance performance. I have been working on this for months and now it is only a month away, so needless to say I have been running around like a chicken without a head lol. It is looking to be a great event that I will certainly give you more information on later next week :-) For now I must go back to the hectic/AMAZING month of March!

NATIONAL DANCE INSTITUTE: Teacher Training Program

The National Dance Institute is a remarkable not-for profit performing arts organization that "has transformed the lives of more than 2 million public school children through award-winning arts and learning programs. Children discover the arts through dance and develop standards of excellence, a pride of achievement and a curiosity about the world that supports their success in school and in life." Founded 34 years ago by famous ballet dancer Jacques d'Amboise, NDI has flourished into a renowned organization that has been recognized on both the national and international level. 

I was bitten by the NDI bug last year when a family friend Lauren Cramer brought me to see a sensational performance in June and from that point on I was hooked. I wanted nothing more than to get involved with this organization and for two wonderful weeks in March I was given the opportunity to experience the magic behind NDI. 

I was accepted into the two-week intensive teacher training program and was able to participate thanks to the generous sponsorship from the wonderful Cramer Family. From March 7-17th I worked with remarkable teachers and trained with an exceptional group of talented people. For two straight weeks a group of 22 of us trainees gathered at various New York City public schools, observing, assisting and even teaching the students the renowned NDI pedagogy. 

The experience at NDI will stay with me for years to come and I hope that one day I will have the privilege of working for this superb organization, whose genuine love and dedication to the arts is to be deeply admired. Strong teachers, combined with a welcoming work environment and PASSION is the secret to NDI's tremendous success. I walked away from this experience with amazing new friends, an even greater appreciation for the art of dance, and a deep attachment to the organization. :-) 

National Dance Institute 2011 Teacher Training Program

Christa McAuliffe IS 187: 
While I was taking the two-week teacher intensive I was also in tech rehearsal for IS 187's performance of Beauty and The Beast, so for those two weeks I got up every morning at 6:00am, went to NDI until around 4:00pm then headed over to McAuliffe from 5:00-9:00pm (the most hectic, yet fulfilling two weeks ever lol!!!!). 

I have been the Drama Club Choreographer there for the past 4 years and have worked with a wonderful director Susan Huizinga to put on what turned out to be a truly enchanting performance on March 18th, 19th, & 20th.  I love my students to the moon and back and was SOOOOOO unbelievably proud of them. They are all so talented and being able to be a part of their success is a reward unlike any other.  Aside from putting on a great production, the students were kind enough to present me with a check in the amount of $500.oo for the SARCOMA ALLIANCE The students really go above and behind the duty of community service and have supported my cause for the past two year. THANK YOU, I am so grateful for all that you have done xoxo 


Fabulous Director Susan Huizinga

So proud of you Mikayla :-) 


Love her <3

The Crew :-) Somehow we pulled this off lol

Wonderful job Natalie aka "Belle" :-) 

Best of Luck to all of my 8th Graders,
you will all go on to do amazing thing! 

Beautiful Belle and the Fabulous Beast
Max and Natalie :-) 

So that pretty much covered only two of the four events I needed to fill you in on lol. 
I guess there is always tomorrow <333


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