About Rylee Whalen...
 Subject / Grade: 7 - 11 Dance
Room: Dance Room
Phone: (480) 424-8284
Email: Rylee Whalen 
"Dance is for everybody. I believe that the dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people."
-- Alvin Ailey

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Welcome! I am so thrilled to be starting the Dance Program here at Casteel, it's going to be a great year!

My Education and Professional Background

Welcome! I am so excited to be dancing with you this year! I graduated from ASU with a major in Dance Education and Sociology. Throughout college I took advantage of the numerous opportunities I was presented with to expand my craft. I performed not only with ASU but also in outside companies in the valley. I began teaching competitive and recreational dance at an early age and continue to still. I have received numerous choreography awards and create dances that place and win. Choreography is a strong passion and seeing my students bring it to life is magic. I have guest taught in several high schools and love the different dynamic that each set of students brings. It continues to amaze me how inspiring each individual is. I am currently a student at the University of North Carolina Greensboro attaining my Masters in Dance Education. I couldn't imagine my life without dance and I look forward to sharing my love!

My Educational Philosophy

As a dance educator I strive to create a positive dance atmosphere for students wherein I hope to challenge and inspire students to expand their dance vocabulary and ability. Dance is a form of expression, it’s an art, a language. In order to truly experience it one must be completely willing to open up. Creating a judgment-free space will encourage students towards healthy, personal expression and growth in movement. Through respect, understanding the significance of individuality and self worth, and a desire and willingness to not give up, students will find the empowerment dance brings and realize anything can be achieved.

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