On my work:

As Performer...

My art unfolds with honestly and presence. It is a compilation of everything “me” in that moment - my sweat, my focus, my emotion, my precision, my memory and my choices, all unabashedly unfolding as you watch the performance progress. I engage in dance to meet, then push past mental and physical boundaries; to experience fully these challenges and come away stronger and more secure. As much as it is personal, it is intentionally shared with an audience with hopes to resonate for each individual.

As Choreographer...

I build my work around human gesture and everyday habitual patterns that performer and audience share in common, lending to a connectivity and understanding that welcomes the viewer into the performer’s experience in a recognizable world. Creating dance is a collaborative experience-- a collective unfolding initiated from a seedling of an idea offered to the individuals involved in the working process. By riffing off an initial concept presented, the evolution of my work is built on each artist’s emotional and physical reactions during the rehearsal process, culminating in a final, performative product. Honesty and humility, braided with trust and playfulness, are essential to the groundwork of any dance I invest in—as choreographer or as performer. I like to expose physical challenges rather than cover them up, and I play with the effects of duration, repetition, and imperfection of pattern over time, believing in the element of surprise to rustle the feathers of expectation. I’m interested in highlighting delicacy within power, refining precision of choreographic detail, uncovering personal nuance, and connecting to the conviction which of artistic choices.

As Teacher...

As a dance teacher, I work with students to see each individual develop not only as an artist but also as a unique human engaging within society. I encourage students to connect to their pleasure and enthusiasm for dance, while at the same time building a strong foundation of classical technique that empowers students to find his or her creative voice. I believe that clarity and efficiency in movement are an essential foundation for the path that leads each dancer towards their own artistic self-discovery and performative expression. I want the learning process in the studio or classroom to permeate the boundaries of dance, carrying through to all aspects of the student’s life.