KIMBERLY SWARTZ

Dance Mentor

Kimberly Swartz is originally from Chambersburg, PA.  She began her love of movement as a competitive gymnast, achieving State Championship level recognition.  As she was required to attend ballet lessons to support her gymnastics training, she was eventually won over by the power of dance and continued a lifelong study, beginning with The Wilson School of Dance, PA, under the tutelage of Paula Kellinger.  After graduation from high school, she had the great privilege of studying at Point Park University in Pittsburgh PA, with Judith Leifer-Bentz, among others.  She then went on to obtain a BA in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, where she continued her dance studies with Patricia Hegel-Tanner and was both a performer and choreographer with the Pennsylvania State University Dance Company, Orchesis.

Wanting to expand her abilities as a performer and teacher, she pursued and was awarded her Masters in Fine Arts in Dance from George Mason University, receiving a Dance Fellowship Award for her dedication to the study of dance.  As a passionate and dedicated professional, with over 35 years of dance experience and over 15 years of dance teaching expertise, she has taught thousands of hours of classes, and workshops and has produced original choreographed works for  multiple schools, schools of dance, dance companies and dance workshops.  She has taught Creative Movement, Ballet, Modern, and Classic Jazz to a wide range of students from beginner through to the advanced level.

Her long career of teaching and performing includes work as a guest artist, artist in the schools and as an adjunct professor.  She has appeared as a solo performer as well as a guest artist in various companies along the East Coast, such as The Center Dance Company, Maria Watson’s Dance This, and Sisters Trousers, to name a few.  She is committed to providing an exceptional level of education to her students, with a meticulous nature; she strives to effectively transfer performance experience and acquired knowledge while maintaining a positive and supportive atmosphere in all of her classes.

During her career, she has had the pleasure to teach at Ballet Nova, VA, Episcopal High School, VA, Thomas Jefferson Middle School, VA (where she taught through a grant Awarded by Arlington County, VA) Steward School, VA, various middle and pre-schools in the VA/DC area as well as numerous appointments as an adjunct professor at Wilson College, PA, George Mason University, VA and Catholic University, VA.  Her dedication and passion for teaching has resulted in many of her students going on to pursue careers in dance with various companies, including, The Dresden Ballet, The San Francisco Ballet, The Washington Ballet, and The Sarasota Ballet, among others.  Her most recent area of interest is the mature dancer or non-dancer as it were.

Recognizing a need to spread the power of dance to not only children and adolescents, but to those individuals who think dance is out of their reach, Kimberly is interested in introducing dance to elderly non-dancers or former dancers who danced as children and never thought they would again.  Armed with the knowledge that dance and music have the power to transform and transcend, she is determined to prove that dance is for everyone, and everyone can dance.  Her motto is, “If you’re still breathing, you can dance!”

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