My background in dance started at birth as my mom, Alma-Lea of Alma-Lea's Dance Studio, owns a studio in Lisbon, ME. Yes, I am a studio owner's child. I started as a dancer, became an assistant at age 8, and began teaching my own classes in my senior year of high school. Throughout my childhood, I had a hobby in filmmaking but it didn't become an integral part of my life until I decided to attend college as a Media Studies major with a Theatre minor at the University of Southern Maine.
I taught dance classes at my mom's studio as well as at other studios in the southern Maine area throughout college. After attending a 4-year teacher training program on my off summers I received my Dance Masters of America's Teachers Training Certification. I fully tested and passed certifications in tap, jazz, ballet, and modern in 2014.
I had no idea how I was going to tie together my passions until I randomly approached a studio director I was teaching for who was in need of a videographer. I ended up filming their show and taking to live documentation naturally. In an Intro to Dance class at my college, I learned about a place called Jacob's Pillow and found out that they were offering competitive internships in dance documentation. I was accepted into the program which led to me meeting one of my mentors, Nel Shelby.
I was invited to work for Nel in New York City following my internship. I left my students and moved to New York City to expand my video career.
My business has remained small with a few very loyal studios over the years so that that I can give them quality content without overwhelming my budding career with a small business.
With Nel Shelby, I was invited back to Jacob's Pillow to work as the Assistant Video Producer for 3 more summers and toured with the competition circuit, Hall of Fame Dance Challenge, as their lead videographer and live stream technician for 4 seasons. In the Fall of 2019, I landed a job with Blue Man Group as their Video Supervisor where I work Full Time managing their show elements and part-time video staff.
I still train as a hip hop dancer in New York and continuously try to find ways to perform. I also guest teach and set competition choreography often with many routines receiving special awards and high scores.
Photo by Grace Kathryn Landefeld
Blue Man Group NYC, 2019-current
Nel Shelby Productions
Videographer, Editor, and Livestream Technician
Assistant Video Producer
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Hall of Fame Dance Challenge
Lead Videographer &