Ms. Kristin Tillotson – High School dance
Originally from New York, in 2001 Kristin attended University of the Arts in the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia P.A. Upon graduating in 2005 with a BFA in dance education, she continued her education at Drexel University and received a Masters degree in Dance Movement Therapy. Kristin incorporates movement therapy techniques into each of her classes to assist students in communicating non-verbally and expressing themselves in other means. As Martha Graham stated, “The body says what words cannot”. The past 4 years she has taught Dance technique, theory and Dance history at Hill Freedman World Academy in Philadelphia to 6-8th graders. Along with teaching Dance, Kristin also directed and choreographed the annual school musicals such as Annie Jr. High School musical 2, Fame Jr. and Hairspray Jr. In 2014, Kristin and her 8th grade students educated others and raised $3,000 for the Girl Rising initiative to support education equality in other countries which was able to build 2 classrooms. Kristin presented her own choreography at University of the Arts and Drexel University dance showcases, as well as several dance studios in the Philadelphia area. She has worked under choreographers as Curt Haworth, Ronen Koresh, Donald Lunsford, Scott Jovovich, Michael Trusnovec, Mia Michaels, Wayne St David, Judith Jamison, Kimberly Bailey- Bears, Brian Sanders, Cynthia Quinn, and Matthew Neenan. Kristin looks forward to working with the talented dancers in SOA’s high school. She hopes to expand on their technique and passion for dance as well as support their unique creativity as an artist.