"When students enter the studio, I want them to understand why I dance–and why African dance in particular. It’s not just something I teach. I am consumed by this art. I try to encourage students to see dance as an intellectual and spiritual pursuit. Teaching is concerned with facilitating learning and thinking in students. There is no set way that that works for every student, but, without question, self-awareness is a fundamental principle in my approach to teaching. Self- awareness concerns balance and total presence of mind–being in the moment, with the recognition that life is happening now."