I was born and raised in Hamilton, MT. I moved to Denver this year from Honolulu where I spent the last 9 years.
2: How old were you when you took your first dance class? What style of dance was it?
I started a little later than usual, I think it was around 4th grade. I started taking ballet and fell in love immediately!
3: What made you decide to become a dance teacher?
I do not know if it was so much my decision. :) A friend of mine asked me to sub her class a couple of years ago and I was really nervous, but I loved every minute of it. When she had to resign unexpectedly I took over her classes. I've been teaching for three years now and I can't imagine how I went without it! I think everyone should have children in their lives. They remind us of how fun and beautiful life can be.
4: What do you like most about teaching with Creative Dance Kids?
I really love that CDK takes dance into the schools. Teaching dancers at a studio means you are teaching kids that have already had some exposure to dance and have chosen to make it a part of their lives. Going into the schools gives you a chance to share dance with kids that probably are not in a studio. Also, it exposes others: teachers, parents, other students, and school staff to all the benefits of dance. In so many cultures dance is an everyday part of everyone's lives, and I feel it should be in ours. CDK is making an impact by bringing all the positivity that dance creates out into the public. Being a part of that makes me feel like I am doing some good each day.
5: Do you have any professional performances coming up? If so, with who? When and where will the show be?
My students from Axis of Movement will be performing a Christmas Gala in Fredrick on Dec. 10th. Also, look for them at competition!
6: What is your favorite dance move/trick to teach and why?
I love to teach Jazz walks and beginning pointe. Jazz walks because it is all about expression. It is a really fun and easy way to introduce musicality, personal style, and self-expression. Also, I love to teach beginning pointe because it is such a special time in a ballerina's career. I appreciate the desire and dedication it takes to make it to that point and the determination and strength it takes to go forward.
For more information on Margaret, please visit the "Our Instructors" page on our website: http://www.creativedancekids.com/our-instructors.html