About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

The arts enliven the classroom with creativity…and dance allows students to express their creativity in personal and meaningful ways. My objective in teaching dance in the classroom is to offer an engaging and relevant approach to learning, so that all students want to learn.

In my residencies, students explore the Elements of Dance while making deep connections with a variety of classroom curriculum including: math, social studies, language arts, science and health. All dance sessions integrate General Learner Outcomes to help support classroom and school goals. I strive to teach the “whole child” by creating an environment in which students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.  Utilizing rhythmic, improvisational and sequencing activities, students collaborate to solve problems and meet challenges…building skills and self-confidence while expressing themselves creatively. When the music is playing and the energy is moving, even the most reluctant child becomes engaged.

Artist Biography

Maggie is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles with degrees in Dance and Psychology. Her formal movement training began as a competitive gymnast, and then shifted to dance as a young adult. Maggie has been a Teaching Artist on Maui since 1989, instructing dance in public and private schools and through community classes. She also presents workshops for classroom teachers. Since 2000, Maggie has been the Managing Director of the Maui Dance Council. Maggie has performed with modern, hula, hip-hop, jazz-fusion and Afro-Cuban dance companies and continues to perform and choreograph for stage.


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About the Artistic Teaching Partner Roster

The Artistic Teaching Partners (ATP) Roster is an adjudicated directory of Hawai‘i professional teaching artists qualified to conduct in-depth residencies in educational settings. Each artist or arts organization has a page in the directory with contact information, a short bio, and an artist statement. The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts draws from this roster for arts education programs including Art Bento at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum and Artists in the Schools.