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Family 2016

How It all Began

Rumor is I came out singing, but even if that's not true, I've been singing and dancing since I can remember. I even have the photos prove it.  Baby girl in the tutu tapping her toes.  I come from a small town where the focus was on sports.  My parents drove me to the nearest small city multiple days a week for dance classes, voice lessons, and theater rehearsals.  I even had my first kiss on stage.  When it came time for college, I really felt there was only one option: to study musical theater.  So to Decatur, Illinois I went to become a BFA Musical Theater major with a minor in dance at Millikin University.  Post my graduation, I spent four years "gigging" all over the US on tours, with regional theaters, and at resorts.  In 2007, I was tired of living out of a suitcase, and I followed my gut feeling to Minneapolis where I went on my first date with my now husband the day I moved to town.  Fast forward ten years later, and I'm grateful to say I've got a full heart here in the Twin Cities with my husband, son, dog, and work I love.

Getting it done.

I think the best compliment I've ever received as as choreographer is that I'm efficient.  I get done what I say I'll get done when I say I'll get it done.  I know time is precious.  Whether I'm working on a musical or a choir show, I know there's not time to show up unprepared.  After nearly ten years of choreographing musicals and choir shows, I know how long songs take to get done.  I will schedule the appropriate amount of time for teaching and cleaning so as to not waste your time or mine.  I'm high energy and like lots of physical staging.  I want to engage your performers to practice at performance level and take pride in their final product so they are willing to put in the time it takes to make themselves shine.  I'll provide reference tools like rehearsal and demonstration videos and even cut rehearsal tracks if you are unable to provide that material.  Above all, I work hard so your final product is clean.

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