Since age three, I have danced. I began by studying ballet, followed by flamenco, then whirled into ballroom. As a competitor at the Pro-Am level in both Canada and the United States, I participated in the 2013 Best of the Best Ohio Star Ball Pro-Am Show Dance Gold and World Pro-Am Theatre Arts division, received the North American Imperial Pro-Am Show Dance Gold title, as well as the Canadian Closed Pro-Am Rhythmtitle, have placed among the top couples at the North American Show Dance Championships for several years, and competed successfully in the Pro-Am Rhythm and Scholarship divisions at The United States Dancesport Championships. Around Toronto, I have performed for the Astros Soccer Club, pop singer Billy Newton Davis, as well as at many hospital, school, and community fundraisers.
Dancing with Your Daimons follows my earlier ventures into writing. Since my first poem at the tender age of six and an IBM jingle at thirteen, my published work has included dance articles for the University of Toronto’s The Varsity, where my review of Alarmel Valli received a National Writing Award from Canadian Writer’s Magazine. More recent was my article for the Ontario Society of Artists on being an art teacher.
During the day, I am is a full-time high school Visual Arts, English, and Special Education teacher with the Toronto District School Board. There I share my love of dance through an after-school student salsa dance club, as well as the Board-wide dance competition modelled after the TV show So You Think You Can Dance. As well, I have taught evening beginner social dance classes to adults for ten years. These teaching experiences have provided additional insight into the hesitations, doubts, and challenges faced by everyone new to dance.
A Usui trained Reiki Master, I have been developing my interest in personal spiritual growth and energetic studies even further through the Divine Connections Practitioner Program at The Transformational Arts College in Toronto. I have also studied the Violet Flame teachings in Sri and Kira’s Navigating the Inner Matrix program. I am also currently deepening and honing my energetic and intuitive gifts by studying Samhara Reiki and Ritual with Shelly Burton. These and my own experiences performing and working with others on the dance floor have shown the inner blossoming and confidence that come from facing and transforming one’s inner challengers or daimons.