TEACHING

TEACHING STATEMENT

Embedded within any teaching role is the opportunity to propose a new definition of “community”. I am committed to creating classroom environments that inspire deep self examination and skill building in relationship to the community at large. Studying dance is an opportunity to study oneself, experiment with new modes of communication, and advocate publicly for a vision. In the process of this deeply personal inquiry and acceptance of self, a greater empathy for the lived experiences of others is acquired. I educate future performers in order to reignite the intelligence of the human body, and advocate for expansion of empathy and communication practices. How do we perceive our own experience within the world and how do we communicate that truth?  As performers, we do not train in the studio so that we can isolate ourselves from the rest of the world. Rather, it is essential that students are given the opportunity to apply their technical skills learned in the studio out in the public sphere.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Teaching has become an integral part of my creative practice. I had the privilege of adjunct teaching all levels of Modern Dance and the Senior Seminar class at Temple University in Philadelphia from 2013-2017, have taught as a guest artist at many universities including University of the Arts, Drexel University, Swarthmore College, Richard Stockton College, Dickinson College, Muhlenberg College, West Chester University. Most recently, I directed the advanced teen contemporary company at Roco Dance in Mill Valley, CA. If you're interested in booking me for a teaching gig, please send me email me at smcp983@gmail.com.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Modern + Contemporary Technique (All Levels)

Improvisation

Composition

Contact Improvisation

Dance Theater

Mask Work + Puppetry

Interdisciplinary Practices

Collaborative Practices

Research-based Making

Movement for Non-Dancers

Movement and Text

Studies in Presence

VIDEO SAMPLE -  MODERN TECHNIQUE CLASS

(Roco Dance - Mill Valley, CA)

contact

Email: smcp983@gmail.com   Phone: (207) 229-4170