Alicia Smith-Kirk, Move It! Dance Project, Director 

Dance, Leadership and Fun! Students she has trained and mentored over the years are achieving as leaders in professional dance companies, as dance teachers, as dance studio owners, modeling, film, Disney, Higher Education as degreed individuals and or professional staff. A "technician" who brings her love, passion and personal expertise to the students, Ms. Alicia is a committed instructor. Students leave her classes excited and eager to return. She is married with three teenaged daughters who also practice leadership development through dance expression and public speaking.

 

 

 

 

 

Credentials
Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Communications
Cecchetti Council of America Licensed Ballet Instructor
Dance Masters of America Certified Dance Instructor in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz
Certified: Yoga, Pilates, Partner Assisted Stretching, Acrobatic Arts

Distinguished Toastmaster, Toastmasters International a world leader in public speaking and leadership development

Education

Purdue University Global - Bachelor's of Science Degree, Communications Major

Baldwin Wallace University - MAED in Leadership in Technology, Educational Technology Major

Ohio After-School Network: Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal Professional Learning Certificate

 

Experience

Artistic Director, Artistry In Motion Dance Studio

Youth Program Coordinator, New York City Tap Festival

American Tap Dance Foundation

New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble - First Company Member
Program Developer and Facilitator: Workforce Development for Teens and Young Adults

General Board - Cecchetti Council of America


Dance and Fitness Awards
Top 5 Trainers of Bally Total Fitness, East Coast Market (NY/NJ)
Dance Teacher Magazine’s Featured Honoree Recognized as a Top Dance Educator
National Award-Winning Choreographer, 1st place out of 1,000 entries

Choreographer, Miss America Pageant--Brooklyn, NY

Top Competition Awards:  Numerous Judges Choice Awards, High Point and Overall

American Tap Dance Foundation’s prestigious National Tap Teacher of the Year Award


Leadership Awards

2021 District Director Resiliency Award Recipient from Toastmasters International

2020 Distinguished Toastmasters Award (DTM)

2019 Club Coach Award Recipient from Toastmasters International for leading contributions in helping a local Toastmasters club achieve Distinguished status.

2017 & 2018 recipient of the District Director's Award recognizing her contributions to team success as a leader in District 10 Toastmasters supporting Northeast Ohio.
2017 Pathways Guide Award Recipient as a Trainer for guiding 12 clubs in N.E. Ohio into accessing the Technology updated access to the Education Program.

2017 Pathways Guide Award Recipient as a Trainer for guiding 12 clubs in N.E. Ohio into accessing the Technology updated access to the Education Program.

2016 On The Move Community Award

2016 Distinguished Toastmasters Award (DTM), Toastmasters International's highest achievement recognizing stellar accomplishments in Communication and Leadership excellence.
2015 Advanced Communicator Bronze Award while serving as Area Director for Toastmasters International District 10
2014 Next Generation Leadership

 

Personal Philosophy
"If something will make a difference in 5 years, do what it takes to make it happen today.” 

Professional Affiliations/Memberships

  • Acrobatic Arts 
  • American Aerobic Association International
  • Cecchetti Council of America
  • Dance Masters of America
  • International Sports Medicine Association
  • Purdue University Global Alumni
  • Society of Technical Communicators
  • Toastmasters International


Favorite Quotes:
"Pride is doing your best work, even when no one is watching." ~Author unknown.
“Many hands make light work.” ~African Proverb

"Leaders know the way, go the way and show the way." - John Maxwell
"We learn best in moments of enjoyment." ~Dr. Ralph Smedley