I started dancing when I was 7 years old, at the height of Saturday Night Fever (yes, that was in the 70’s). I would watch shows like American Band Stand and Solid Gold and basically teach myself the steps in front of a mirror. Then, Michael Jackson hit the scene with Thriller and all the subsequent videos and I would watch them over and over again until I had the steps memorizedand would again stand in front of the mirror and teach myself how to do them. I would add those steps to any freestyle dance that I would do. In 1989, I joined Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Wichita to train as a teacher. I had always admired dancers like Astaire, Gene Kelly, Ann Miller, etc., and was extremely pleased that I would be learning and teaching Ballroom. I started out working 4-5 hours a day learning 11 dances with 5 basic steps in each dance. In 3 weeks I was put out on the floor and told to teach them to beginning students. I think because of that is where my greatest strength is...teaching beginning students. I danced in several competitions through the Organization. In 1990, Fred Astaire Dance Studio closed due to Corporate Franchise problems. In 1991, I developed and taught Ballroom and Latin dance classes through the Wichita Park & Recreations Dept. Before that time they had not taught Ballroom/Latin dance classes. It pleases me to see that the program that I started and developed is still being implemented through the Parks & Recreation Dept. But make no mistake, I feel that to truly become an excellent Ballroom dancer you need to have a mix of Private and Group lessons. You can only get that through a studio system like Care To Dance? where you can watch and work with Professionals as often as you choose.
At that time I also started teaching twice a week at Butler County Community College and teaching several times a week at various Senior Centers around Wichita. In 1993, I started doing Theatre to build my acting resume, but continued to teach dance off and on. I spent time
in California teaching at the Sherman Oaks Arthur Murray Dance Studio while pursuing myprofessional acting career. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, I have danced both in film (Walt Disney’s The Haunted Mansion) and TV (The Miss Kansas Pageant - with Miss America, Fox Kids Club). I have danced in several Stage productions including West Side Story, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, The Music Man, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Crown Uptown and choreographed the dance sequence for Shakespeare's The Merry Wives Of Windsor at Wichita Center For The Arts.
I am happy to be included in Care To Dance? list of world class professional dance instructors and look forward to continuing to introduce and teach the many exciting Ballroom/Latin dances to the fantastic people of Wichita.