As a native Washingtonian, I grew up hand dancing the “ole school style” grooving and moving to the beat of the music without any structure of counting. In May 2003, I challenged myself to learn the “new school style” hand dancing in a classroom setting so I attended classes instructed by the famous Ron Fisher and Bunny of Dance Elite Hand Dance Academy located at Club Elite in Temple Hills, Md. In September 2003, I graduated with one of their largest hand dance classes and I immediately wanted to improve my hand dancing skills. I attended advanced classes to learn complicated hand dance moves such as routines, spins and twirls. Eventually, I became a member of their famous “Dance Elite Hand Dancers Troupe” and we performed and competed all over the Metropolitan area.
- Performed several dance routines and demos throughout Washington Metropolitan D.C. Area.
- Healthy Diabetes Symposium, Southern Maryland Hospital, Clinton Md.
- Health Fitness Expo Channel 4, Washington D.C.
- Dance Elite Troupe (Performances: Indian Head Country Club, Fort Washington, MD; Martini’s Restaurant& Lounge, Club, Fort Washington, MD; Club Elite, Fort Washington MD and D.C. Cardovas Club, Washington, D.C.
- Tri-State Competitions
- MAD Jam Competitions
In June 2005, I was certified as an official hand dance and bop instructor and while excited; I was devastated to learn that I had to undergo a surgical double bi-lateral hip replacement operation. During my recuperation, I did not think I would be able to enjoy dancing again at least at the level that I wanted to dance. Knowing that hand dancing uses all parts of the body especially the hips and legs, I was up for the challenge, because I knew my love and passion for hand dancing would not settle for anything but the best. With a lot hard work and exercises and a huge support group I was determined to dance again. I started dancing after 8 months of my surgical operation. My incentive was to tell my successful story while teaching others to hand dance and to let others know that if they set their mind, body, and soul they “CAN DO ALL THINGS YOU SET OUT TO DO” – My testimonials of miracles are real.
The Birth of RNS
In May 2007, I partnered with ArmNArm Hand Dance Institute in Fort Washington, MD and was the lead female instructor. In May 2008, my dream came true, “Rhythm-N-Style” Hand Dance Academy better known as (RNS) was born. I partnered with my dance partner “Hawk” and we lounged our first class at the House of Chang located in Fort Washington, Md. Together, we became better known as the “RNS Dynamic Duo”. We both were excited about this accomplishment and we are determined to continue the legacy of hand dancing and promote good healthy fun and exercises. In May 2008, we relocated our classes to the Artistic Dance Xpressions Studio located in Fort Washington, Md. Currently, I’m attending Chicago Steppin and West Coast Swing classes and I’m known for my gracefulness and stylish style of dancing.
To continue to teach people to hand dance and own my dance studio to continue the legacy of hand dancing, and promote good healthy fun and exercises throughout the DC Metro area.