(Photo by Galen Higgins)
I’m a dance artist making opportunities for people to experience the reflective and connective power of groove through performance and education. Having grown up dancing socially at my dad’s rock band’s gigs in the Midwestern region of the United States, I discovered young the exhilaration of playfully experiencing groove alongside others. Guided by this inspiration and a fondness for jazz and American social dance ideas, I’ve worked with creatives as varied as hip-hop dance theater artists Rennie Harris and the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers Appalachian clogging company.
In performance, I make and perform new staged works and present those of others through my company Rhythmically Speaking, am a member of Afro-Brazilian contemporary company Contempo Physical Dance, and perform as self-created character “Nerdette” for St. Paul Saints Baseball’s Entertainment Team. I also create new works for high schools, colleges and professional dance companies. My creative works emphasize groove, interaction and improvisation, and are inspired by both social and concert dance movement while often driven by contemporary jazz music.
In education, I am an active jazz dance residency artist in higher education, work as a Teaching Artist for the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts and serve as a member of their Advisory Council, and am faculty at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Winona State University, and Zenon Dance School. I am also an active writer and conference presenter.
(Photo by Isabel Fajardo)
Besides dance, I am a lover of majestic clouds, excellent and crappy coffee alike, jazz music, funky yellow and red clothes, wandering walks, improvisational cooking, small cute things (of both the living and plush varieties), and people (especially my little creature Niko, my partner Kris and my family and closest friends). After all, dance is a social art! I’m driven to connect with people and help them connect to themselves, one another and the moment – in general, and in my capacity as a dancer through rooted and innovative embodiment of groove.
(Photo by Pat Berrett)