National Dance Day, July 25
I believe I was delivered from my mother at birth doing a 180 degree grand je·té.
Been a devoted dancer since age 9. Never stopped 5 decades later and never will.
I traveled to NYC at age 12 to perform at the Dance Caravan conventions. Wanted to become a Rockette, but did not grow tall enough as you must have had a height of 5’7″. Also, started choreography at my yearly recitals at age 12. Performed on local TV Philadelphia talent shows also did the areas competition circuit.
At 18, enrolled at Temple University where I studied at a professional level. Had a taste of the Masters from Pennsylvania Ballet, Vaganova, and many Professors of Modern dance.
While at Temple University I was also a NFL Philadelphia Eagle’s Cheerleader and a 2 year Varsity Gymnast.
My first National choreography was in Canada of the CFL. I was the director/choreographer of the Ottawa Rough Riders Rhythm Riders Cheerleader/Dancers. We did perform at the Grey Cup, the Superbowl of Canada in Montreal 81′ season.
I had decided to become a professional teacher but the stage was calling my feet. At age 28, first professional dinner theater employed by the legendary Dick Foster’s Spellbound.
In 1986, I left for the entertainment of Cruise ships in Bermuda with Greg Thompson Productions.
I also performed and choreographed in TV pilots, Industrial shows, and nightclubs.
Ballet is the base of all movement and is a must. But Jazz is my favorite.
This day I celebrate all forms of the Dance.
Hip-Hop dance routine below.