Assistant Professor, Dance
My research is concerned primarily with how the creative and interpersonal dynamic between choreographers and dancers is established, maintained and capitalized. This unique relationship is what I believe is the ultimate muse. My study on muses translates into my teaching, which shows dancers and non-dancers how to understand their creative potential, thus generating tools to maximize efforts while being in states of flow and high creative output.
I believe everyone has a muse, whether you are an artist, scientist, writer, pedagogue, businessperson or other. By showing students how to look into and have dialogue with the self and extend that conversation to others, I believe students will undoubtedly find their niche and stimulate collaboration, advocacy and change-making habits. I am currently earning my teaching certification in Pilates and aspire to earn my 500-hour yoga certification in 2018.
Research, Scholarship or Creative/Artistic Interests
I am currently a dancer with Armitage Gone! Dance (NYC) and the Megan Flynn Dance Company (Philadelphia). I serve as a répétiteur and assistant to legendary choreographer Donald McKayle, having performed for his Etude Ensemble for four years. I maintain a practice of performing, restaging and interpreting McKayle’s repertory, creating his own dance works and teaching dance nationally.
In August, I made my debut in Minneapolis performing for Jeffrey Peterson's “Side by Side” in “Rhythmically Speaking.” My most recent credits include the following:
On May 12, 2016, I received a Distinguished Alumni Award at the 46th Annual Lauds and Laurels Awards Ceremony at the University of California, Irvine.