In my classes I work to create a positive, accepting workspace. I aim to build a community that understands the value of generosity, both with oneself and one's peers. together we foster growth by welcoming failure as an essential element of learning. without testing our boundaries, we will never know how to expand them.

I believe in challenge.

I believe in always working harder.

i believe in vulnerability.

i believe in sweat.


i believe in risk.

i believe falling down is the best way to rebound back up again.

class descriptions

modern dance technique

Improvisational performance by COLAB with Kirstie Simpson   April 2016

Improvisational performance by COLAB with Kirstie Simpson 

April 2016

The purpose of my class is to herald the joy, vulnerability, strength, resilience, and fight we experience on a daily basis and let it live as a major driving component throughout. My classroom environment is one based on both community and generosity, encouraging everyone to be the best version of themselves. The structure of class shifts between improvisatory and choreographic, allowing each dancer to digest and explore the architecture of my class and make my movement vocabulary something of their own. Together we use imagery, explore visceral textures, push our athleticism, and create an environment in which we can navigate. My choreography is filled with swelling waves and bursts of momentum that continue to redirect and propel the body through space, using physical rigor as a means to fight, feel, expand, and discover.


Contemporary pole is a dance-based pole class in which we learn and break down a piece of choreography that focuses on stringing together movement patterns that combine moving in and out of the floor, dance technique, and a variation of codified spins and strength-based movements on and around a static pole. This class offers strategies and techniques to improve and apply a dancer's strength, movement pick up, musicality, technical proficiency, performative qualities, and artistry. 

Bend & Flex: Flexibility Training and Technique

Bend & Flex is an open-leveled class that offers a comprehensive and intense series of stretches that work to both activate and target specific muscle groups, increasing mobility in hips, shoulders, legs, and back. My responsibility as an instructor is to help each student safely explore and push their physical limitations to gain an increased level of flexibility without injury. Flexibility is a highly individualized practice, so every pose and exercise offers both modifications and advancements. If you are looking to get your splits, a backbend, or just increase your overall flexibility, Bend & Flex will help you achieve your bendy goals! 



Teaching Experience

Original artwork by Donna Carnow created when working with mentor Jessie Young  Fall 2015

Original artwork by Donna Carnow created when working with mentor Jessie Young

Fall 2015

Bachelors in Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance Performance

University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign

class of 2017

Teacher's Assistant for Jessie Young 

Introduction to Contemporary Dance (DANC 100)

Spring 2016



ElevatED Level 1 + Level 2 certified pole fitness instructor

Certified in Level 1 by Kyra Johannesen (2015)

Certified in Level 2 by Emily Sanderson (2017)

Champaign, IL

Instructor at Defy Gravity Pole Fitness and Aerial Arts Studio

Champaign, IL 

August 2015 - May 2017

Courses taught:

  • Contemporary Pole
  • Eat My Chrome: Strengthening and Conditioning for Pole
  • Pole Flow
  • Pole Nemesis
  • Pole'ography
  • Pole Levels 1, 2, and 3

Yoga Teacher

200 Hour Power Vinyasa Certification

Certified at CorePower Yoga (2017)

New York City, NY

Photography by Jonathan Hsu

Photography by Jonathan Hsu

Power Vinyasa + Yoga Sculpt throughout NYC

Click here for NYC class schedule at CorePower Yoga

Beginner + Level 1 Certified Aerial Arts Instructor

Certified by Ryan Schmidt (2017)

Champaign, IL

Certification to teach Beginner and Level 1 curriculum for:

  • Aerial Hoop

Certification program was conducted and received at Defy Gravity Pole Fitness and Aerial Arts Studio in Champaign, IL