September 2017: Mrs. Dorothy Adams
Dorothy Adams is from Montgomery County, here she grew up watching her sister dance. From this she fell in love with ballet. Dance was her way to express her feelings. At the young age of nine she began ballet at the Montgomery County Ballet Company and years later she majored in dance at the University of Maryland. Along with ballet she does jazz and modern.
She has been teaching for over 25 years in Howard County and loves to interact with all her students of different ages and backgrounds in order to expose them to the wonders and joys of dance. Their most important lesson taught in her lesson according to her is that anything can be accomplished with hard work and effort.
Along with being a dance teacher she also teaches at a local Elementary School and previously in Baltimore County where she wrote dance curriculum. She loves volunteering after school, as well as swimming.
Thank you Mrs. Adams!
Teacher Spotlight: Chris Judge
Chris Judge is from a little town just outside of the District of Columbia.
He began studying Qi-Gong at a local martial arts club in 2001, and as he progressed his teacher introduced him to other teachers. Now when he sees his teachers they mostly drink tea together and discuss theory.
Chris says his favorite Tai-Chi/Qi-Gong movement is the Sun Form's “Fair-Lady works the shuttles” because it's the most difficult sequence for him. He says it still tickles his brain.
Chris says “I like Qi-Gong and Tai-Chi because it soothes both my body and my mind at the same time, and when I finish practicing I feel refreshed and renewed.”
He goes on to say “The most important value I try to teach students is patience with themselves, and persistence.”
Chris says his favorite movie is 1955's “Night of the Hunter” starring Robert Mitchum.
Aside from teaching Hatha Yoga and Tai-Chi/Qi-Gong Chris spends most of his time drawing comics at his drawing board.
Thank-you Mr. Judge!
January 2017: Ms. Amber
Ms. Amber Hodak was born in Japan and has been dancing most of her life. She discovered dance when she was five years old and went to see a ballet. Realizing her love and passion for the art, her mother immediately enrolled her in dance classes and she has been dancing ever since. In Japan, Amber danced at an athlete club in a military base. She moved to Maryland when she was nine, and began dancing at Misako Ballet Studio. She has been a part of many dance companies and continues to cultivate her love of dance.
Amber's favorite part of dancing is learning about the different cultures and styles of dance as well as being able to express your feelings as you dance, without talking. Amber's favorite dance move is turning - she LOVES to turn! Every year Amber dances at the multicultural fest in October and loves to share her passion with others. When she teaches, Amber feels the most important lesson to pass on to her students is to always have fun and never forget why you started dancing.
Ms. Amber is a dancer of Misako Ballet Company. Come to see Misako Ballet Company 10th anniversary performance "Perspective" on Feb. 19th at Jim Rouse Theatre!
Buy tickets at: http://misakoballetcompany2017.bpt.me/
Thank you Ms. Amber!
November 2016: Ms. Allison
Allison is a quirky and bubbly jazz, ballet, and tap teacher. She was born in Texas where she started her dance career at the age of three. When she was 14, Allison moved to Maryland, and she began her dance studies at the Hanover School of Ballet. She has always enjoyed dance and knew from a young age that she wanted to be a dancer. Now, as a teacher Allison enjoys sharing dance with her students (especially her favorite jazz move: petit allegros!) Allison always wants her student to believe in themselves and push themselves to their highest potential.
Thank you Ms. Allison!