I always tell the students that are seeking a career in the dance industry they should train in a way that will let them dance for the rest of their life. I tell them that they should work to achieve one goal…to eventually open their own studio. I have always believed that if I don’t pass on what I know to someone else then all my training was worthless.
At the age of 18 I knew that I wanted to get on Star Search. I moved to California with the intention of doing just that. I was convinced that I was the best dancer ever. I realized that I was not the best ever… I was just the best where I came from. Once I got into a studio I liked, my goals changed. I decided that I wanted to open my own studio,and to direct my own ballet program. So the vision was born. I started to work as a dancer, choreographer and instructor. Everything I did was to help me gain credibility, so that when I opened these doors I had the experience that would put me ahead of my competition.
It took me a long time to figure out my methods. It took me even longer to believe that I was a good teacher and that I knew what I was doing. It took a lot of support from clients, friends and family. This is just the first step in my over all vision. We will eventually bring to life “The Ballet Conservatory of Roswell” a semi professional Ballet company geared toward the education of professional level dancers.
I have worked with many people in my career. There are two people I can say have deeply impacted the direction that I have taken and am taking here. The first is Lori Lee Silvaggio, owner of The Academy of Dance of San Luis Obispo and Director of The Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo. The second is someone who I consider a friend first and am a fan of second, Megan Yacko Artistic Director and founder of the Peak Ballet in Colorado Springs . Lori Lee was my first director and my mother away from home. Megan is one of the most talented and inspiring dancers and choreographers,I have had the pleasure to work with. I get my training model from both of these amazing women.
When Megan along with Daniel Goldthwaite first opened their own studio they named it Fusion Pointe Center for Integrated Arts. Megan envisioned The Peak Ballet Theater back then. The Peak Ballet Theater was created and Fusion Pointe was changed. I loved the name and the reasons for it and I have such a high level of respect for Megan that I decided to use the Fusion Pointe name to honor her as a person and an artist. My only hope is that I can do as well as both of these ladies,can reach and inspire my students and staff as they have.
I look forward to many years of working and offering training to the people in the Roswell community.