As a visually impaired artist, I am always looking for ways to push boundaries and comfort. I like to rely on my other senses to create textured movement. Utilizing sound, touch, proprioception, and vestibular senses, much of my work is about the movement and the impact of movement that is unseen.
I utilize my voice as an artist to bring light to various injustices and concerns in today's society. As an artist, I do not shy away from addressing heavy and uncomfortable topics in my work.
Amy has presented numerous choreographic works in the Montclair, New Jersey area including dance films, black box performances, and main stage productions. She is always working to develop and challenge herself as a choreographer and artist and continuously works on new projects across the East coast.
May 2, 2018
Dance Technologies Showcase
Montclair State University 2018
December 15-17, 2017
Internal Outlook: Senior Showcase
Montclair State University
April 27-30, 2017
Montclair State University
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Dance can act as a connection between oneself, the environment, and the people around him or her. It is a universal form of communication that does not need words to be understood, and it is important to make this language available to all students regardless of race, gender, ability, socioeconomic status, religion, and other factors. Dance should not be an exclusive art that is only available to a select few, but instead should be as accessible as possible to everyone who wants to pursue it.
As a teacher, it is important to me to be as inclusive as possible. This not only means offering lessons to children of varying abilities, race, and status, but to also include them all in the same classrooms. Specifically, my goal is to include students with special needs in my classes. I do not simply want to create “their own class,” but instead find ways for students to learn to work with people who are different than them.
I want my students to see dance as a form of self-expression through technique and give them a better understanding of themselves. By giving them the disciple through learning dance technique in all styles, students can then use that disciple to affect other aspects of their lives.
My teaching styles is warm and welcoming while still holding the structure of the class and not allowing students to lose focus. I care deeply for all of my students and I want them to feel that connection to me as well so that they can feel more comfortable and confident in the class. I keep an upbeat and positive energy to keep the students moving and constantly engaged in the learning process.
It is important to me that students think critically. I constantly ask my students questions about how they execute certain movements and make them think about both what went right and what could be improved in specific combinations. I use a variety of visuals and metaphors to help them understand the technique. I have my own dance books and textbooks that I bring in so that students can use them as a reference when they want to go deeper into their dance education. I also want my students to use their own experiences and be able to put their feelings and experiences into their dance movement.