1983 – 1994
My purpose is to buoyantly rise in joy, share love, and uplift others through dance education, choreography, and coaching.
I began my study of dance at the West Hawai’i Dance Academy at the age of 5 and graduated with a high school diploma with concentration in ballet from the North Carolina School of the Arts. Highlights of my time at NCSA were performing in “The Nutcracker”, student choreography concerts and showcases, performance art installations, and in the operetta “The Merry Widow,” directed by Dorothy Danner. While earning my Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Whitman College, I performed extensively with Whitman Dance Theatre and Whitman Dance Production, also creating original choreography and teaching at the Walla Walla Dance Center. In Portland, OR, I served as president of the Dance Coalition of Oregon, taught at the Collins View Dance and Arts Center, performed with Mythobolus Mask Theater and The Dolly Pops, was a guest choreographer for the Ballroom Dance Company’s “On Broadway” showcase, and performed and presented new choreography annually with the Dance Coalition of Oregon Blue Sky Choreographers Concert Series while also working as a life coach. Since returning to my home state of Hawai’i, I have attained my MFA in Dance from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa while teaching there as a graduate assistant and lecturer in ballet and modern dance. I have also taught at Hawai‘i Tokai International College, Ballet Hawai’i, Dance Central at the Central YMCA, the Nu’uanu Hongwanji Mission School, Page Academy of Dance, Pas De Deux, and Island Tumblers Gymnastics. My teaching experience spans ballet, modern dance, creative movement, musical theatre, jazz, lyrical, and body conditioning. In my coaching practice, I partner with people looking to improve their health and well being, students, career-changers, and people in transition to accelerate their growth and results and create inspired, extraordinary lives.