Georgina Moore has taken a break from dancing and teaching in the ‘Big Apple’ to teach in Slave Lake.
Originally from Red Deer, Moore has danced professionally and taught dance for the last six years in New York City. However, she’s been in Alberta since before Christmas. She was waiting for her work visa renewal when COVID-19 hit.
Moore will be teaching ballet, jazz, reintroducing tap, and introducing musical theatre to Dance Creations in Slave Lake.
“I’ve been dancing literally my whole life,” Moore says. She started at age three or four. As a child, she danced various styles. When she was 14, she decided to focus on ballet and moved to Calgary to study at Alberta Ballet School. When she graduated high school, she didn’t have a job lined up with a ballet company.
Moore decided that ballet wasn’t the career path she wanted to take, but that dance was still very important to her, so she decided to “go back to those other styles of dance.”
Moore tried out at several dance colleges in New York City. She has a certificate in dance theatre – musical theatre from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). She decided not to stay on for a Bachelor in Fine Arts as she had some professional contracts for dancing. She was 19 at the time.
While she’d taught a bit as a student in small studios in Alberta, Moore started teaching in earnest once she was a professional dancer.
For the last while, she worked as a professional dancer and taught when she wasn’t on a dancing contract.
Twenty-five isn’t old in most professions, but Moore gave the impression that it was in dance.
“I hope to do some more (performing),” she says. However, for this academic year, she’s excited to teach in Slave Lake.
“I really think this opportunity was meant for me,” she says. “I’m really excited to meet some dancers and their families. Teaching is definitely the next best thing” to performing.