I am 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 at a young age the exhilaration of experiencing groove alongside others. Guided by this inspiration and a fondness for jazz and American social dance, 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 new staged works and present those of others through Rhythmically Speaking, the nonprofit I co-founded and artistic direct, am currently a member of Afro-Brazilian contemporary company Contempo Physical Dance, and perform as self-created character entertainer “Nerdette” for St. Paul Saints Baseball’s Entertainment Team.
In education, I teach for Winona State University, Zenon Dance Company & School, and am on the Teaching Artist roster for the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. I am also an active writer and conference presenter. I’m driven to contribute to others through work in performance and education that connects people to themselves, one another and the moment while exploring history and imagining the future.
gab-gush-yak, rant-jive-chat (Right Here Showcase 2018 – Photo by Sean Smuda)