In my youth ―
I did gymnastics, ballet, diving, and other sports.
I spent a lot of time on the Balance Beam and Floor Exercise choreographing and perfecting my routines.
In college ―
I earned a gymnastics scholarship to the University of Missouri-Columbia the first academic year of its inception 1979-80. Our small team of 8 fearless young women, laid a foundation for Mizzou Tigers Women's Gymnastics, now a hugely successful program.
I didn't know it then, but being a pioneering gymnast prepared me for a lifetime of trailblazing, as a woman of my generation, pursuing non-traditional roles and breaking down barriers. I learned to be disciplined, resilient, independent ― and to always go at my own pace, without comparing myself to others.
As an adult ―
I continued to practice Ballet and Pilates,
tried Ballroom Dancing,
got busy with a career and family ...
and eventually discovered Mind-Body Fitness.
The day I found fusion movement -- practices that creatively blend Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi -- my brain light up and my world opened up! I was fascinated and started exploring. After practicing on my own for a few years, I got inspired to teach others. So, I set out to educate myself in the emerging field of mind-body fitness and movement education. That was over 20 years ago.
I still love to explore new methods,
create my own practices, and
teach in my local community.
Movement is my Art.