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Cassandra has been moving and shaking and twisting and shouting since she was born, actually, very possibly while in the womb. At the age of two, she pointed at the local dance studio while going past in her stroller and stated to her mother, “Me do that!” She was introduced to the world of Nia at the age of 12, watching her mother dance while sitting in the back working on her homework.
Once she realized that Nia was much more enjoyable than homework, Cassandra curiously stepped onto the Nia floor and danced through the turmoil of her teenage years (whose teenage years aren't tumultuous?). In 2010, while establishing and teaching in an educational program within a drug rehabilitation center for adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa, she became White Belt Certified with Ken Gilbert as her guide.
After graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Education and Youth Studies from Beloit College, WI, in 2011, Cassandra moved to Chicago and has taken advantage of all that the city has to offer through its many, many dance forms; in addition to Nia, she has studied the 5Rhythms, Isadora Duncan Classical Modern, Dance and Contact Improvisation, the Katherine Dunham Technique, African Dance and Drum (West, East, and South Africa), Hip-Hop, Chicago House, South African House, Mexican Folkloric, Tap, Capoeira, Traditional Indian, Bollywood and Bhangra, Aztec Ritual Dance. Additional healing movement forms Cassandra has studied are B.K.S. Iyengar, Hatha, and Vinyasa Yoga; Alexander Technique; and the Moshe Feldenkrais Technique.
Cassandra is the Program Coordinator of Chicago's Jewish Community Center (JCC) AfterSchool Program.
2013 is the year Cassandra steps into teaching Nia. Check here often to see what new classes she has added!
She danced the dance of flames and fire,
and the dance of swords and spears;
she danced the dance of stars and the dance of space,
and then she danced the dance of flowers in the wind.
- Khalil Gibran
photo credit - Lauren Bost