About the Artistic Teaching Partner

Artist Statement

In the art form of dance the body is the instrument, or tool, of expression. My dance residencies guide
students in cultivating a deeper awareness of and appreciation for the body in which they live and
experience the world. Through a mindful approach, students learn how to listen to their bodies as they
build strength, flexibility and agility using a variety of dance activities and challenges.
Lessons are designed to develop an understanding and application of the Elements of Dance, elicit selfexpression and self-efficacy, and build community within the classroom. My goal is to create a safe and
engaging environment in which students experience the joy of dance, and find value in doing so.
All my residencies support and align with DOE’s General Learner Outcomes and Nā Hopena A’o, and can
be designed to reinforce classroom curriculum and learning goals, as well as National Standards.

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.