Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?-Mary Oliver
Statement of Intent
As I dance artist, I am interested in what makes us human; what makes us most alive. I am interested in wonder and Unknowing.
As a dance educator, I am interested in cultivating curiosity, efficiency of movement, technical ability and passion for the field of dance.
MFA creative practice and design, St. Mary’s College of CA, graduation March 27, 2018.
BFA dance performance, 2003, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.
Center for Ballet and Dance Arts, Deborah Boughton, early dance training.
St. Mary’s College of CA, Department of Dance, Teaching Fellowship, August 2017-June 2018; Ballet, Modern, Guest Choreography; Catherine Davalos 925-631-4824
University of Nevada Reno, Department of Theatre and Dance, Letter of Appointment, Dance faculty, Ballet, Modern, Jazz. Guest Choreography.; Aug 2013-present; Jonathon Taylor, Department Chair, 775-684-6832
Illinois Weseleyan University, Department of Theatre and Dance, Adjunct Faculty of Dance, Modern; Aug 2009-May 2010; Jean MacFarland Kerr, Dance Department Head, 309-556-3212
Ridgeville Park District Fall 2010 to May 2013, Ballet, Adult Modern Dance, 847-869-5640.
Art Reaching Children Chicago (ARCC) Ballet; creative movement, Ballet; 2007. 773-384-2722.
Shining Star Learning Center, creative movement instructor, Skokie, IL 2006-2007.
Cradles, Cribs and Crayons, creative Movement instructor, Skokie, IL 2006-2007.
Ballet Nevada, October 2016-present. Ballet instructor. 775-815-6396.
Evanston Dance Center, Jan 2013-March 2013, maternity leave sub position; Modern IV, Ballet 1A, 847-328-6683. Job Title, Company Name; City, State — 2009–2011
Twin Cities School of Dance, creative movement, ballet, jazz, modern. 2008-2010. 309-633-9333.
North Shore Dance Center; ballet, creative movement, jazz; 2005-2008. 847-674-2216.
Professional Dance Company Experience
Unruly Body Tanztheater, choreographer/director/dance artist, 2017-present.
Great Basin Movement Project, choreographer/director/dancer, 2014-2017.
Rosie Trump, With or Without Dance; dancer, 2014-2017
Element Dance Theater, Kristin Heavey director; dance artist, 2015-2017.
Matter of Reaction Movement Project, dance artist, 2008-2013
Mordine & Co Dance Theatre, dance artist, 2011/2012
Samantha Allen, dance artist, 2010-2012
Renegade Dance Architects, dance artist, 2010
Elements Contemporary Ballet, dance artist, 2006-2007
Chicago Ballet, apprentice, 2006.
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'This Wild Love,' Unruly Body Tanztheater, Safehouse Art, 145 Eddy, St, SF, Aug 10,11, 2018
‘Queer Incarnate Body.’ A Master’s Thesis Concert, Saint Mary’s College of CA. Moraga, CA. June 15,16 2018
‘Coming Out. Coming Home. A Queer Mating Dance.’ Dance Mission Theater, January 26,27 2018. San Francisco, CA. American College Dance Association, March 2018.
‘This is my Body. This is my Blood.’ Lefervre Theater, Moraga, CA 6/29/17
‘The Sacred In-Between’, Napa Theater, January 27, 2017. Napa, CA.
‘Space-Taken,’ UNR Spring Dance Concert, April 28-30 2016, Reno, NV.
‘Spaces In-Between: the Gender Identity Shuffle,’ May 2015, NAC funding, Urban Roots, Reno, NV.
‘Wake Up and Be,’ Great Basin Movement Project, November 24, 2014, Reno Art Works; Reno, NV.
‘Sophia’ and ‘Sneak, like a Girl,’ UNR Fall Dance Concert, site specific, Oct 24-25, 2014.
‘Sing Out and Dance Permaculture Show,’ Great Basin Movement Project, July 25, 2014; Urban Roots; Reno, NV.
‘So Say We All. A Dance, Dance Technoqueer Revolution!’ Great Basin Movement Project; the Valley Arts Collective; May 23, 24, 25, 2014.
‘Origins, Myths and Tales of the Great Basin Watershed,’ UNR Fall Dance Festival, November 15, 16 2013.
‘The Handless Maiden,’ Matter of Reaction Movement Project, October 5, 6, 7 2012, Drucker Center for Performing Arts, Chicago, IL.
‘Daughter of Rachel,’ Race Stories Through Movement, Reba Place Church, May 6, 2012.
Nevada Arts Council Jackpot Grant, Spring 2015 recipient.
2018 Saint Mary’s College of CA, School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Award.
As a teaching artist, I hold the intention of creating safe, nurturing space for my students to follow curiosity, to push their edges and connect with the body. The body pulses with the stories of our ancestors, the imprinting of culture and the instincts of our creaturely ways. I approach movement as a practice of presence with the body, oriented towards ease of motion, athleticism and wonder. Passing down the lineage of dance training that lives in my body with an eagerness for new discovery, insight and (un)knowing, I hold the dance studio as a movement research lab.
Accompanying the student in deepening their relationship, trust, and love of their bodies. Through guided imagery and movement practice we will repattern the body towards a radical self love and acceptance.
Encouraging the pressing of edges so that the student may enter the Unknowing, where growth lives. I teach a rigorous class designed to bring students to the edges of their physicality, in the heartbeat of sweat and blood, where Mystery sometimes lies.
Practicing the engagement with otherness in the dancing bodies of our class allows us to expand our horizons towards the cultivation of empathy. Students work together in problem solving, inquiry and mutual support.