Creating and witnessing live dance performance inspires and connects people, an idea that motivates my groove, interaction and improvisation-driven approach to creating new work. My work has been presented across the U.S. and Canada in theaters and non-conventional performance spaces, and across the world through film. For more on my creative approach, see my Artist Statement. For more on past projects, see my Curriculum Vitae.
. . thWUmp . . (2016 – Photo by Bill Cameron)
Tune (2015 – Photo by Jillian Bell)
My long-held interests continue to blossom into me training in various approaches to jazz, tap, house, Appalachian clogging, Haitian, Ghanaian, Guinean and Brazilian traditional forms, body percussion and many other kinds of dance styles. I have performed for, worked and trained with creatives as varied as urban dance artist Teena Marie Custer, Ballet of the Dolls, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, the Eclectic Edge Ensemble, house and hip-hop artist Rennie Harris, Jump Rhythm Jazz Project, transnational fusion artist Donna Mejia, contemporary performance company Off-Leash Area, St. Paul Ballet and the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers Appalachian clogging company. My curiosity remains unquenched as I continue pursuing training and performance opportunities within my interests!
Contempo Physical Dance (2017 – Photo by Bill Cameron)
“Nerdette” & “Nerd” with St. Paul Saints Baseball (2016 – Photo by Stephanie Szeremeta)
Rhythmically Speaking is the non-profit 501(c)3 dance company I co-founded with Heather P. Westerlund to engage people in staged jazz and American social dance. I’m grateful for this platform to create and perform my own new work while supporting and presenting that of others while furthering my organizational skills and building community.