Miss Connie began dancing at the age of two with her mother, a former professional dancer and musician, as her instructor. While growing up she traveled extensively to all the major US cities to enhance her dance education, training with renowned instructors and choreographers. She attended Colorado University and studied Kinesiology and Early Childhood Development, while studying ballet with Larry Boyette, CU's dance master and director of the Denver Civic Ballet and Colorado Ballet Company. After becoming a professional, she was a member of the National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists (NADAA) and served on the board for Dance Masters of America. Her repertoire includes tap, ballet and jazz techniques, gymnastic coaching and choreographing for numerous dance concerts and ballets. Having owned three dance schools for 27 years, she trained many dancers to become instructors and performers, including her daughter who danced professionally with a New York City based company touring the US and Europe for 15 years. While living in Arizona, 1987-2003, Miss Connie was owner and director of a pre-school, and taught master classes for various schools in Phoenix. Miss Connie has been teaching for Loveland Dance Academy since 2005. Over the years at LDA, she has taught preschool classes, adult classes and tumbling in addition to teaching tap.
HER TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
"The smartest people in the world are race car drivers. If they lose concentration for just a second, they crash and burn. Dancers have to think like that. With one second of "brain lapse," they lose the rhythm, continuity, and message of the dance."
Miss Connie began teaching for Loveland Dance Academy 17 years ago. She believes that dancers are the second most intelligent people. ;)