When I was a kid, my father gave me a sweatshirt that said To Dance is to Live, to Live is to Dance. This pretty wells sums up my purpose is this life. I started dancing at the age of 3. I was watching my big sister in her dance lessons and I could not sit still. With a father in the army, we moved around a lot. The first thing I asked for in each new location was "where are the dancing lessons?" From an early age I new that dance was my sanctuary, my place to just be me, the thing that simultaneously took me out of myself and into myself. It became my profession and I was lucky to perform and choreograph modern dance professionally for 10 years. After my two sons came along, I dedicated myself to being their Mom but it didn't take long before I wanted and needed to dance.
I taught aerobics for a several years and that lead me to Nia. Nia is a beautiful blend of Martial Arts, Dance Arts and Healing Arts combined as a workout, done barefoot, with fascinating music. I have been teaching Nia since 1995. In my first Nia training week, I knew that I wanted to train other Nia instructors. I trained people all over Canada and some in the US for 13 years. During that time, I also discovered and studied The Tamalpa Life/Art Process. This process uses creative movement, expressive writing, and visual image making to help people understand themselves, tell their deepest stories and heal from difficult life experiences. Dance and movement have been my path through life, whether my purpose was to play, to escape, to entertain, for fitness and to heal. I have been sharing these gifts for several decades and I am still excited to share them with you.