Claudia Soga, a New Jersey native, will be obtaining her Masters in Dance Education May 2021 from the Rutgers Graduate School of Education New Brunswick, NJ. In her graduate studies, Claudia fulfilled her part-time clinical field work at North Plainfield High School in North Plainfield, NJ and Grace Wilday Junior High School in Roselle, NJ. Claudia completed her full-time student teaching at Elizabeth Avenue School and Hillcrest Elementary in Franklin Township, NJ.
Claudia is on faculty at Ballet Forte Wings Conservatory in Chester, NJ teaching Modern and Contemporary techniques to students ages 12-18 years-old. She is an active member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) and has been inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Claudia graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.F.A in Dance Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in, 2020. While at Rutgers, Claudia has performed in works of Alexandra Beller, Ani-Javian, Chien Ying-Wang, and Randy James. Claudia served as a peer mentor, and was a member of the Rutgers University Dance Works company. In building her artistry, Claudia trained internationally at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona in Sitges, Spain and Academia Dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy during Summer Programs. Prior to her admissions to Rutgers, Claudia studied at Raritan Valley Community College under the direction of Loretta Fois, as well as continued her outside training under the mentorship of Andrea Kramer. Claudia’s teaching philosophy aims to cultivate a positive learning environment that encourages students to express and embrace their individuality through movement based pedagogy.