Dance Majors I, Dance Majors II, 7th Grade Advanced Ballet, 8th Grade Advanced Ballet, HS Beginning Modern, and HS Beginning Ballet
Chandra McCloud-Glover hails from Durham, NC, where her love of dance grew after seeing an Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance in middle school. She studied at Florida State University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in Dance Education and minoring in Marketing. She spent a couple of summers at American Dance Festival’s summer intensive as an intern and student, focusing on composition, as well as technique. While at UNC-Charlotte, Chandra studied dance education under Pamela Sofras, served as the Stage Manager for the spring faculty dance concert, interned at North Carolina Dance Theater under Amber Emory-Maier, and was in performances, such as Medea and the faculty dance concerts. After student teaching at Northwest School of the Arts and graduating Suma Cum Laude, Chandra taught dance and chorus for a year at Olympic High School in Charlotte, NC. Ultimately, Chandra knew Northwest was her home and landed a teaching position in 2004.
In 2005, Chandra began taking students on out-of-state field trips in order for students to explore the possibilities in the world of dance and to help them realize what is needed for those possibilities to become reality. In 2011, Chandra worked with the Jewish Community Center and choreographed two plays surrounding the Holocaust and the Butterfly Project. In 2012, Mrs. McCloud-Glover received the Cato Excellence in Teaching Award for her integration of academics into the arts. This award led Chandra to become a member of the Education & Outreach Committee at North Carolina Dance Theater, now Charlotte Ballet, on which she currently serves. In 2014, Mrs. McCloud-Glover became a cultural exchange liaison between a high school in Hobro, Denmark and Northwest School of the Arts. This position allows Danish and American students to experience each other’s cultures in a hosting situation. In 2015, she became a National Artist Teaching Fellow, where she used the fellowship grant to study at American Dance Festival as a Professional and study with Ana Marie Forsyth at Ailey’s Horton Pedagogical Workshop in NYC.
Also, in 2015, McCloud-Glover and a colleague began a Repertory Scholarship Concert, where Northwest students were able to study with dance professionals, learning and performing repertory and obtaining scholarships, networking skills, and resume writing skills. To date, this Repertory Concert has led to almost $200,000 in scholarships and fostered numerous relationships between the NWSA dance majors and dance professionals. In 2016, McCloud-Glover won a contest held by a local credit union and used the money to begin the “Walk In Your Excellence Scholarship” that allows her students to take dance classes at local studios, purchase dancewear, and train at summer intensives.
McCloud-Glover began her district’s first Jr. National Honor Society for Dance Arts and is now teaching other dance educators how to begin their own Honor Society. She currently teaches ballet and modern classes at the middle school and high school levels, integrating academics, history, anatomy and kinesiology, technique, and community service. Chandra teaches her students to “Walk in (Their) Excellence”. She believes every student has a gift to offer this world and must learn to be self-disciplined, self-motivated, and self-confident enough to share that gift and strong enough to handle the world.