KASSANDRA BAGGS

Kassie, a native of Boston Massachusetts, is a dance teacher and performing artist, who holds a Bachelors of Science in Dance from SUNY College at Brockport.  From a young age she took interest in the art of dance and began studying Ballet at a local Gymnastics Center.  She continued to pursue her passion in dance and, while in high school, studied Jazz at the Rochester Academy of Performing Arts, and took several modern dance classes at the Park Avenue Repertoire Dance Company.  As a senior in high school, she taught a semester-long Hip-Hop/Jazz class to fellow students in fulfillment of her senior project requirement.  While in undergraduate at SUNY College at Brockport, Kassie majored in dance studying a wide variety of dance genres and discovered a love and passion for Contemporary Dance and African Caribbean Movement.  As a college student, she was an active member of the Menzeko Dance Company, directed by Patrice Ann Mead.  After graduating, she attended Garth Fagan Dance, for several years, as a scholarship student and received extensive training in Fagan Technique.  Kassie also holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program.  Having experience working with youth for over 12 years in conjunction with the Rochester City School District, she has a passion for young people and a strong desire to see them succeed. Kassie taught Dance Fusion for a local youth development organization in February of 2009 and, during the fall of 2012.  Kassie’s most recent accomplishment was the design and implementation of a dance curriculum for the Young Women’s College Prep School, where she taught Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary Dance, and African Caribbean Movement from August 2012-February 2013.  Kassie also has a love for the dance ministry, where she ministers the gift of dance through praise and worship.