One of the best parts about being on tour, aside from seeing parts of the country and the world that I might've never seen otherwise, has absolutely been being able to reach out to the communities around me.
For me, teaching has always been a huge outlet from performing. especially during college. My job at the local ballet conservatory teaching ages 3-13 became the best reminder of why I love what I do: seeing their eagerness to learn and excitement over reaching a new goal in class made me want to incorporate that same hunger in reaching my own goals.
After graduating, I worried about being able to keep that reminder.
I've been extremely blessed to run into a few opportunities to use Flashdance the Musical as a platform to teach again! I was able to share in teaching a class and leading a talk-back with a fellow performer from my hometown of Jacksonville, FL while we were both home for the holidays and the response was incredible! Many of the students we got to help are currently studying at our high school alma mater, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and are currently auditioning for college Music Theatre programs. We were able to answer a lot of their questions regarding the college application and audition process among other topics that come up with being young artists. Some of them have kept in contact and I am proud to say are being accepted into some of the top BFA/BM Music Theatre programs in the country!
I was also able to teach alongside the dance captain of the Flashdance National Tour, Emily Hin, at Wichita State University not too long ago. It was so special to hear them talk about their goals after college and express their excitement to see the two of us take time out on a morning off to dance with them... but it was truly our pleasure.
"If I could speak all languages.. understand all mysteries... give all that I have to others.. but do not do it with love, I am nothing." 1 Corinthians 13