my path to dance

I began studying movement improvisation and performance in Shaker Heights, OH with a dear teacher that didn't call it dance (only "movement theatre"), instilling a life-long appreciation for movement that doesn't require (dance) specific training. I learned the foundational tools of group and solo improvisation, partnering, and an appreciation for poetry and music, both within this unique program and with visiting artists. Around this time I also discovered capoeira, yoga, and t'ai chi, while continuing to pursue sports and athletics.  All these practices combined to form a deep interest in exploring creative movement and the possibilities of the human body.  I took my first dance class at Wesleyan University, and continued to develop a deeper inquiry of dance, with a particular interest in the individual, internal experience of the form.  

I am attracted to dance that is organic and delicious and embodies emotion more through the connection and intention between bodies than the vocabulary itself; it has a sensibility that might make sense to an animal (one that has some vanity and desire to feel beautiful).  I am searching for meaning within/of dance in the context of my life (like many). It often reflects questions instead of answers when I try to look at it closely, but it makes me feel.

 

performance

Along with performing my own work, I have had the privilege of performing with several incredible artists, including: Alison Chase Performance, Pilobolus Creative Services, Agua Dulce Dance Theater, Risa Jaroslow, Abigail Levine, and Susan Marshall. I enjoy both stage and site specific work, having performed on the granite of Deer Isle, Maine, the sand dunes of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, various galleries and sidewalks of NYC and CT, and many more random locations. Projects have given me the opportunity to travel domestically and internationally, including Vienna, Madrid, and Dubai.    

 

choreography

My choreography, mostly in collaboration with partner Jeremy Finch, has been shown all around NYC, as well as MA, CT and VT.  Venues include BAAD!, the Invisible Dog Gallery, Triskelion Arts, Dixon Place, Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, Wellfleet Preservation Hall, and more. 

With Jeremy Finch in "Sketchbook"; New York, NY; Photo credit Mimi Bai

With Jeremy Finch in "Sketchbook"; New York, NY; Photo credit Mimi Bai

 

teaching

I offer classes in grounded movement technique that uses the body's weight and natural sensibilities to flow through space intelligently.  I also offer partnering and contact improvisation classes with dance partner Jeremy Finch. Throughout our years of choreographic and performance work we have created a vocabulary and technique together that allows you to understand weight-sharing and partnering of bodies, and how to move through space gracefully. We have taught at Wesleyan University, FleetMoves Dance Festival, and GIA of VT.  We easily accommodate any space or levels of dance experience for a fun and engaging workshop.    

Workshop at GIA of VT

Workshop at GIA of VT

Class at FleetMoves Dance Festival, photo credit Zena Bibler

Class at FleetMoves Dance Festival, photo credit Zena Bibler

commercial

I have taken part in a number of commercial performance, print, and video projects.  While with Pilobolus Creative Services clients included: American Express, NFL Network, BBVA, National Foundation of Aids Research, Hilton Hotels, Centrum, and many more, including a notable live performance on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. I have appeared in videos for Microsoft and Scientific America, print ads for the television hit SMASH, and the Sondre Lerche music video "If Only."