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Matia J.

Education

Howard University,
BFA Theatre Arts-Dance

Childcare Experience

Part-time Babysitter
Staten Island, NY, 02/13 - 04/15
One boy, age 3

Professional Experience

Dance Teacher- 5th to 8th graders
Brooklyn, NY, 10/15 - Present

Dance Facilitator-Arts for Social Justice
Brooklyn, NY, 05/15 - Present

Gymboree Play & Music Teacher
Manhattan, NY, 05/13 - 12/14

Luna Park Party Hostess
Coney Island, NY, 05/13 - 09/13

Substitute Dance Teacher-YMCA
Manhattan, NY, 11/13 - 11/14

Ballet Dance Instructor
Bronx, NY, 09/14 - 12/14

About me

I have always had a love for kids and as soon as I was old enough to give back to the daycare that I attended as a toddler, I did! During the summer of my teenage years is when I started a small venture in caring for toddlers in a daycare setting and my love for that bond blossomed. After that, I figured I would turn my love for dance, hence my BFA in Theatre Arts-Dance, into another a way I could foster the talents, energy, innocence, and pure curiosity of kids and use my discipline. I was an assistant dance teacher for the YMCA for ages 3-10, where I could connect with them through movement and exploration. Exploration is such an awesome learning tool that I think is important when working with kids. I also worked at Gymboree Play and Music which allowed me to embrace my sense of humor, high energy, and compassion and love for the hearts of children ages 10 months to 3 years old.

Throughout my life, children have filled my heart with pure joy because of their innocence and curious nature, whether they say one word or one thousand. I know that I can see a child's individual needs and serve them the best way that is unique to them because of my connection and observational skills that I use day to day. I am just an easy-going California girl who loves to try new things, learn new things, and share my love, smiles, and laughter with others. Although, I am laid back, I do take my Art seriously so I am focused and driven to get my hands dirty in order to have my dreams fulfilled. My goal is to always make people feel understood and heard, babies, toddlers, and teens included!


I have professional child care experience with...

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Preteen

I will be SmartSitting while...

Taking dance classes and hopefully acting classes as well. I'm also looking for auditions and catching up on some sleep. I love to see live music and enjoy activities such as rock climbing, playing pool, and karaoke.

In 5 years, I hope to be...

On Broadway or a successful International Tour of a Show that has an amazing story. I also hope to be even more loving, patient, and giving while traveling with my significant other.

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children...

I love to teach and share my dancing skills and love for music and instrumentation. I'm always looking forward to experimenting and creating new recipes in the kitchen as well. Roller skating is another activity that I would love to do with children with the most awesome knee pads and helmet! I also love to people watch and use my imagination and creativity to create stories and can share that openness as well to the children I am engage with.


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