Missy teaches Dance (Introduction, Intermediate, Musical Stage), Choreography, History of the Musical Stage, Musical Theatre Performance, and Beginning Acting. In her performance classes, Missy helps students learn to carry acting techniques into the performance of dance and song. She feels her primary gift to the students is helping them embrace their unique qualities. In addition, she provides a nurturing environment in which students can access physical and emotional freedom and develop a greater sense of self–worth.
As coordinator for the Musical Theatre and Dance programs, Missy teaches a variety of performance classes. Her expertise lies in somatic techniques which she employs to assist students in developing more integrated movement skills and heightened kinesthetic awareness. Missy also applies these somatic techniques to vocal production when teaching Musical Theatre Performance. Missy studied with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at the School for Body-Mind Centering where she completed certification as a Somatic Movement Educator. She is also a certified yoga instructor and incorporates yoga into many movement and dance classes. Missy has taught workshops at the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the American College Dance Festival on Embodied and Experiential Anatomy. She has also led workshops on Physical Characterization and Embodying Character. She recently studied anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and movement at the Rolf Institute and is currently pursuing training in the Alexander Technique.
In addition to teaching performance classes, Missy frequently directs and choreographs for departmental musical productions and directs the annual dance concert. Recent productions include Into the Woods, Pippin and The Cradle Will Rock. Sweeney Todd was the selected musical for Fall 2005, produced with a cast of 43 sophomores, juniors, seniors and first-year students (including 2 cast in leading roles). When developing the dance concert, Missy enjoys supervising students through the choreographic process as they learn to create original dances for an ensemble of student dancers.
In August of 2004, Missy completed certification as a Somatic Movement Educator at the School of Body-Mind Centering (BMC). BMC is a discipline which offers somatic re-patterning through experiential anatomy and developmental movement explorations, offering students greater physical integration for application to acting,
dance and singing. Missy is continuing her movement studies in a 200 hour yoga teacher training program.
Missy and her husband Joe were married in Las Vegas by Elvis. Missy has an extensive collection of music and books that seems to be taking over her house (and office). In her free time, she enjoys doing interpretive dance in her living room and playing with her invisible dogs, Biff and Handfull.