Hailey Elise Yaffee
Master of Fine Arts in Dance: Creative Practice
Hailey Yaffee earned her MFA in Dance: Creative Practice while working full-time with the SMC IT Services Department and Ace Dance Academy. Her thesis research explores Catholicism's impact on the female body and extreme facial expressivity, in choreography, to convey the cognitive dissonance between religious ideals and real life. SMC's liberal arts and Lasallian foundation have forever touched her life.
While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were
My parents, sister and in-laws.
My co-workers and bosses from both SMC’s IT department and Ace Dance Academy.
The SMC Dance staff, faculty and past/present cohorts.
My dancers: Catalina O'Connor, Marissa Pfaff and Zoë Swanson.
My favorite SMC memory is
I'm looking forward to most
“We may also name the dance through its power to reflect the substance of life. That is, we may see that it signifies our embodiment, our life as a whole. All dance carries this signifying power in its constitution, since it is never divorced from its lived ground”