I first joined Flare in 2011, hoping to try out new dance styles and to learn from more choreographers. The variety and sense of community within Flare is what kept me around even till this date. I wanted to give back to Flare so I served as Treasurer and President to not only help the club but to introduce some of my own ideas. During my time in committee I was focused on providing more opportunities for members to participate, either in dance or socially; and to also help facilitate a greater sense of belonging to Flare.
As a dancer and choreographer, I mainly focus on Contemporary and Jazz. However, I still find other dance genres enjoyable and I find them to be great learning opportunities for me to incorporate new techniques and textures to my own repertoire. I first started choreographing for a gig piece; but have also choreographed for video projects and our annual production. My passion for choreography is driven by the desire to tell stories and to help dancers with their growth. I believe that always trying new things and being out of your comfort zone is the best way to grow in all aspects of life, including dance.
Now as Artistic Director of Flare, I hope to bring even more ideas to life and to further improve upon already existing frameworks that have made Flare what it is today. By providing more avenues for dancers to engage with dance; my aim is to help both seasoned and new dancers improve on their craft and to have more opportunities to co-operate. Furthermore, the continued development of emerging and current choreographers is still a key priority of my vision.
Ultimately, my goal for Flare comes down to everyone having something they can do. Whether that be dancing, choreographing or supporting their friends.