Hello! It’s Ms Marian here!
Did you know that I have been teaching dance to children in San Francisco since 1983? I moved from Chicago in 1980 after closing my dance studio to pursue my education. After I graduated from Mills College with my MFA, I got a job working with an arts provider. I worked for them for 7 years leading 5 residencies a year, reaching 200 children per residency….if you do you math, that is 7000 kids! Add my own residencies, dance studios, summer camps, etc, and the grand total is that I taught dance to 10K children in 10 years, learning tons about myself as a teacher; about how children learn; about dance as an artform!
At the same time, I directed two dance companies and with one, toured around the U.S. and abroad for 8 years. I loved living out of a suitcase, but, soon wanted to start a family of my own. Performing was put on hold .
I opened my own studio when my son was in Kindergarten and two years later, moved 65 students over to the Richmond District YMCA. For 12 years, now, I have developed a “performance oriented” dance program for children age 3 to 13 years; created a unique Infant Toddler program for which my son was my “guinea pig”; provided teacher training opportunities to dancers who have “aged out” of the dance program; managed the Rooftop Garden while introducing this wonderful hands-on activity to many families; taught sewing to children via workshops and camps; and produced 10 years of amazing Dance Recitals.
Thank you for this opportunity. I am very grateful to know so many talented children and their parents through my work at the Richmond District Y. If you see your children as exemplary role models, talented and skilled at more things than DANCE, as I do, please take a moment to make a donation to our annual giving Campaign to show your support! This is the only time I will ask you to give.
Thank you for your generosity and kindness!
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