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Adjunct Instructor

University of Central Oklahoma

About

Claire has 23 years of experience in the dance world in a wide variety of techniques, has more than 20 years of ballet, and is now entering her fourth season as professional dancer/aerialist with Perpetual Motion Dance. She is excited to work with students at the University of Central Oklahoma and hopes to inspire her students to always try their best, to work not only hard, but also smart, and to put fear on the back burner. She desires for them to thrive as they dive in to learn new things and improve on fundamentals to create a strong foundation in ballet that will allow them to soar.

Claire believes in always striving to become the best versions of ourselves, as both dancers and as kind, well-rounded human beings. As an instructor, she is passionate about individuality and believes that cookie-cutter bodies are not the goal; rather, becoming beautiful, strong and confident dancers. This in turn allows individual strengths to shine and our weakness to be worked on. Every dancer is individually unique and diversity should be celebrated both in dance and in life. Building technique is a major goal, but so is finding joy in what we do.

Education and Certifications

University of Oklahoma - Dual Degree with Distinction 

  • Nonprofit Business & Management, BS - 2014

  • Dance Pedagogy, BFA - 2014 

Certifications:

  • Aerial Dance Instructor – Training Completion via Perpetual Motion Dance

  • Foundation to Revolutionary Principles of Movement - Training Completion

  • Registered Holy Yoga Instructor - 225hr Certification

  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga Specialty Certification

Experience

Perpetual Motion Dance Company – Professional Dancer/Instructor -Entering 4th Season with the company 

  • 2017-18 National Tours – contracted by “Meow Wolf” a collaborative arts group in Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Teach Yoga for Kids, Yoga for Dancers, Restorative Yoga and Beginning/Intermediate/Advance Adult Yoga Classes
  • Teach Adult and Youth Aerial Silks, Aerial Hammock, Trapeze, Metal apparatus classes
  • Perform Aerial, Modern and Contemporary Ballet at various corporate and non-profit fundraising events and for dance showcases open to the general public
  • PM Grant Writing Team 

OU’s Ballet and Modern Dance Companies - Ballet Pedagogy Major 2010-2014

Company Highlights:

  • lead role in Balanchine’s Valse-Fantaisie
  • lead role in Tudor’s Fandango 
  • select group taken on tour to Austria to perform in Haydn’s, The Creation

Summer Intensive Training included:

  • School of American Ballet
  • American Ballet Theatre
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet
  • Alonzo King LINES Contemporary Ballet

Year-Round Training included:

  • Alexa Fioroni with Oklahoma City Ballet Conservatory 
  • Tulsa Ballet Center for Dance Education and Tulsa Ballet II Apprentice 

Honors and Awards

NextGen Under 30 – 2017 Award Recipient for the Nonprofit Sector

Area Council Leadership 2017 Program Honor Award - Creator and Director of Oklahoma Kindness Club within The Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County, Santa Fe South School Site.

Miracle Maker Fundraiser Award –  3 consecutive years for OU's Dance Marathon, Soonerthon, fundraising event for the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital Foundation. 

Office Hours

Before and after class or by appointment. 

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