With performance in her soul, Ms. Downing found her love of dance in a beginning dance class at Red Mountain High School during her sophomore year, and life has never been the same. She put all of her energy into her new passion, and has been teaching dance in studios and secondary schools around the east valley for the past 18 years, including most recently The Dance Spot, Just Dance AZ, and Club Dance. Ms. Downing studied many styles of dance and choreography at Chandler Gilbert Community College and Arizona State University, and has experience teaching jazz, tap, tumbling, ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, clogging, contemporary, hip hop, pom and drill, and musical theater, as well as directing children’s theater productions.
Directing the dance program at Combs High School has been a great teaching and learning experience for Ms. Downing the past 9 years. She is excited to continue to help inspire students to grow in technique and performance, but also in confidence and character.
Ms. Downing continually attends conventions, and master classes to further explore the ever-developing realm of dance, and works to bring these new developments into every dance classroom by presenting at national dance conferences. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students, and helping her students to learn life-long skills, such as dedication, teamwork, and responsibility, which are important in all areas of life. She is has been an active member of the Arizona Dance Education Organization for the past 13 years, and is the current AzDEO President.