Miss Janina is a teacher and The Club Director here at MOVE by Morelli! Read below to learn more about her:
Q: What made you decide to become a teacher?
A: I wanted to share my love of dance with others, and the best answer I could come up with was to teach dance. I also am a kid at heart that thought it would be so fun to teach kids every day. So thankful I get to call this my job!
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: I love to be outside and am a thrill seeker. Count me in for anything that has to do with hiking, kayaking, camping, skiing, etc. I spend a lot of time with Clayton (my husband), my dog Ava, and my friends. I also am a huge reader and spend a lot of free time reading.
Q: Did you have a favorite teacher in your dance career? Is there anything you do in your class to emulate that person?
A: The teacher that had the most impact on me was a college professor I had all four years, he was also my advisor. I had never had a teacher before call me out for not working hard enough (I thought I was but turns out I could push myself more) and he forced me to really think about who I was as a dancer and individual. He was a teacher that made everyone work hard, but those classes were always the most fun. He also really listened when any of us were struggling and needed to talk through something. I try to make class fun (I love to crack a bad joke) while stilling pushing my students to their full potential. I also try and be someone they can come to for anything, I always want to help whether it has something to do with dance or not.
Q: If you could teach your students a life lesson what would it be?
A: Be patient with yourself. Hard work will pay off but it is not always immediate. It’s okay to fail sometimes, that’s where we learn the most about ourselves.
Q: What are you most excited for this season with MOVE by Morelli?
A: Recital! It’s my favorite to see everyone on stage showing off all the hard work they have put in all season. I love to see the growth in the students I have taught for years. Every year they get better, and I’m always so impressed by them.
Q: If you were a flavor of ice cream what would you be and why?
A: Mint chocolate chip-it’s a strong flavor but the chocolate chips make it fun 🙂