Growing up in Jacksonville, Florida, I was fortunate to have for my
ballet teacher, Betty Hyatt Ogilvie. She had been a dancer with
the New York City Ballet, working directly with Balanchine, so we had
that wonderful influence. Wakefield Pool was with us for
several of those years and was an exciting dance partner and mentor.
Our pianist, Sonny DeSoto, a high school kid at the time, went on to have a lifetime career playing for the New York City Ballet. Along with dancing I was a competitive spring board diver, winning
the Florida State Championship in 1960 in my age group.
I attended Landon High School and St. Johns Country Day School, and
went on to graduate from Converse College, Spartanburg, SC, majoring
in French, and spending my Jr. Year in Paris, France. It was at
Converse that I was introduced to Modern Dance, through my beloved
professor, Janis Dengler. Under her direction, our college
modern dance company, Orcheses, produced many outstanding stage performances.
Following some post graduate traveling and exploring a variety of
countries and cultures, I settled for 3 years in San Francisco, where
I worked with the avant garde, all woman repertory company, The Child
Laurel Theatre, under the artistic and creative direction of
Sue-Ellen Case. I returned to the east coast and entered New
York University's Masters Degree Program in Dance/Movement Therapy.
With this degree I worked for several years with autistic children
and a variety of other special populations in NYC. I also
studied several modern dance techniques, and performed with the
Robert Yohn Dancers and with Carla de Sola's Omega Liturgical Dance
Company for 5 years. We were in residence at the Cathedral of
St. John the Divine and traveled throughout the U.S.
I have been living in the Hudson Valley, upstate NY since 1985,
raising my daughters, and teaching them, as well as many other
children, early ballet and creative dance, primarily based at The
Saugerties Ballet Center since 1992.
With decades of personal yoga study, practice, and teaching, it was
no coincidence that I discovered Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, and
became fully certified in all their programs by the year 2010.
The brilliant and exquisite Phoenix Rising training informs
everything I do yoga-wise, and I am delighted to offer private
sessions in my Esopus Bend Studio, here in Saugerties.
I have found the natural connection between yoga and dance to be a
driving force in my work on myself and with others, as well as with
my performance art. I immensely enjoy sharing the therapeutic
applications of these movement arts, particularly at The Always There
Adult Day Program in Kingston, New York. At Always There,
participants have mild to severe Alzheimer's, are recovering from
strokes, or suffer from other conditions associated with advanced age.
At the same time I have stayed connected to the fitness world,
primarily with the health and weight loss spa formerly known as
Vatra, in Hunter NY. It is now called Hunter Mountain Hotel and
Health Spa. I offer yoga, walks and hikes, aqua fitness, Zumba
Gold, and t'ai chi for health.
T'ai Chi is the newest addition to my movement arts repertoire.
Trained and certified with the Paul Lam T'ai Chi for Health
Institute, I enjoy teaching this ancient, healing, martial art to a
variety of populations, including but not limited to people with
Arthritis and other degenerative conditions. I welcome healthy,
fit people to join in this practice as well, and offer it at the YMCA
in Kingston, at the Pine Hill Community Center in Pine Hill, NY, and
at the Esopus Bend Studio in Saugerties. I practice and study
Sun, Yang, and a little Chen styles. I am very excited about
having as my teacher locally, Taoist Master Kwan Saihung.
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