My entire life has been steeped in dance. Coming from a city transformed by African influences, tap and jazz were a natural fit. With dance grip in hand, I set out to the local dance studio at 2 years old. I continued to study dance at the University of Wisconsin and Temple University where I received a B.F.A. and Ed.D. respectively.
In Wisconsin, I was artistic director and owner of Melody In Motion School of Dance. The students were offered classes in tap, ballet, jazz, and acrobatics. Over a thousand students received instruction and performed in theater-styled revues which I directed and choreographed children's work and designed programs and costumes.
Afterwards, I taught creative movement in the public schools of Washington State for 18 years and instructed over ten thousand students. During this time, I was honored as the National Dance Educator.
My life as a tap dancer brought me into another world, another culture, and another perspective. I was fortunate to study with African American tap dance masters Eddie Brown, LaVaughn Robinson, Honi Coles, Tommy Sutton and Tommy Payne. Driven by the swing sound, I learned to sing with my feet. It was extraordinary!