I’ve taken dance classes since I was six. I started with ballet then tap then jazz. It helped me build confidence as a kid. When I got my driver’s license I took a break from dance to explore my new-found freedom behind the wheel. In college I tried to get back into dance but my heart wasn’t there yet.

When I moved to Seattle, one of my priorities was to find a studio and get back to movement. I couldn’t have been luckier than to find everything I was looking for, and more, at Exit Space in Green Lake. It’s the most welcoming, unassuming, down-to-earth dance environment I have experienced to date. And after nearly 8 years, I refer to it as my second home. Sure, I work full time, manage my small business and still love to travel, but when I need to escape life’s stress, work out something in my head or just not think at all, I hike or ride my bike but on top of all my favorite activities, dancing cures my soul and relaxes me the most.

Lately I have immersed myself in Modern dance classes. I’ve always been an admirer of the genre but always fell into the old habit of focusing on ballet when it came to study. Ballet is an incredibly important foundation for all dance and I will always love it, but my departure from it has led me, and my body, into a new wonderland of movement. On top of building a new muscle group, shedding my inhibitions to execute choreography to its fullest under the direction of someone I admire immensely, it has effected my dreams and most of all my art. I have been so inspired lately that I can’t keep up with the evocative compositions that continue to pop into my head. It’s truly a beautiful thing when two art forms compliment each other so much and I hope to ride this wave as long as I can. I am grateful to have found this new love. If only I could truly capture its essence on canvas. This will be my new goal.