DanceI am a graduate of the Julliard School in dance. Even as a "late bloomer," the short and long term affects the arts can have in one's life became apparent to me in my early twenties. Visual and Performing Arts are essential for a well-rounded education for students. The impact of participating in the arts -- the discipline, the joy of rhythm and movement, the relationship to many cultures -- reaches beyond formal education to their future employment, family and life. It was this realization that set in motion my career path of bring the arts to students. Whenever I am working with students of any age, I try to not only share my passion but encourage them to feel good about moving with being self-conscious, to take risks, and to embrace grit and tenacity. In my classes, young dancers don't fail -- they try. Fear of failure inhibits learning. The ability to confront fear allows for greater growth, focus, and joy. In the end, I believe each student will be happier and more successful -- on the dance floor, in other classes, and ultimately, in the family and community.