Alexis finds great joy in sharing her love for dance with her students, and inspiring the next generation of dancers. Through our mentoring program, she started as an Assistant Teacher leading to Instructor. Her dedication lies in fostering emotional, physical and intellectual growth in her students while nurturing their love for dance and the arts. Alexis aims to inspire and motivate her pupils. She instills discipline, focus, and social skills while encouraging them to be the best versions of themselves. In pursuit of her passion for understanding the human mind and behaviors, Alexis is studying American Sign Language to further enrich her ability to create a positive and inclusive learning environment for all her students.
- What’s the story of how you became a dancer and teacher?
My older sister was a dancer. When I was two, watching my.sister, I constantly asked my mom to let me dance. I’ve loved it ever since. As I grew in the art, I entered a mentorship program which led me to teaching today.
- What impact has dance had on your life?
Dance has taught me perseverance, and has given me amazing self esteem. I can’t imagine my life without it.
- Why did you start teaching dance?
I started teaching because I’ve always loved working with kids, and I wanted to share my love and passion for dance with the younger dancers.
- What are you passionate about outside dance?
Outside of dance, I’m passionate about spending time with family and friends.
- What was the defining moment when you decided to pursue dance as a career?
The rush of happiness and joy when sharing the expression of dance on-stage is incredible. Sharing the love of dance is powerful and fulfilling.
- If you weren’t a dancer and teacher, what do you think you would be doing now?
I would be working with children with special needs, helping every child succeed.
- What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?
To ask for help when they are confused on a step or a combination.
- Do you have a favorite quote you like to tell your students?
I tell my students, practice makes progress. No one is perfect, but if you practice you will succeed. I also tell them to dance it out. Life can be overwhelming. At dance, they have a safe space to express themselves and feelings through their dance collaborations.
- In your opinion, what makes dance such a great activity and art form?
It’s a great and fulfilling way to express yourself.
- What locations and classes do you teach?
I teach Ballet, Twinkle Stars Ages 2 to 6, Hip Hop and Gymnastics at both the Selden and Miller Place location.