About Me

Echo by Sara Shelton Mann. Photo by Robbie Sweeny.

I am a dance maker, teacher, performer, and activist currently based in San Diego, CA. I believe in dancing with the body that I have. I am interested in cultivating radical aliveness in the dancing body by working with multiplicity, wildness, sustainability, gentleness, queering, questioning, negotiating, and everything-ness.

I was born and raised between the rural landscapes of Alaska and Montana. I hold an MFA in Dance Theatre from the University of California San Diego and undergraduate degrees in Dance and Liberal Studies from the University of Montana.

My work as a dance maker reciprocally influences and sustains my work as an educator. I am a Lecturer in Dance Studies at California State University San Marcos. I also regularly teach classes and workshops for different communities, festival andĀ  instiutions in Contact Improvisation, improvisation, somatics, and contemporary dance technique locally, nationally, and internationally. My ongoing somatic studies significantly influence all of my teaching and creative work. I am currently in the final year of the FeldenkraisĀ® Method Training Program in San Diego with Elizabeth Beringer.

I am particularly compelled by exploring intellectual and physical modulation and by cross-disciplinary collaboration. My work has been presented by La Mama, Movement Research at the Judson Church, RED CAT, Pieter Performance Space, Highways Performance Space, and ArtPower! among others. Additionally my work has been presented through numerous festivals, universities and in non-traditional spaces. I have also had the pleasure of performing for and/or working with Sara Shelton Mann, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Nancy Stark Smith, Yolande Snaith, Jane Comfort, Karen Nelson, Eric Geiger, Karen Schaffman, Mary Reich, Brian Gerke, Leslie Seiters, and Kristianne Salcines among others. I am perpetually intrigued and inspired by questioning the relationship between process and performance. I am committed to the ongoing practice of improvisation and spontaneous composition on a weekly basis.

I believe in accountability and the power of visioning. I believe in the possibility for movement to engender humanity in the world. Dance – and the way it reveals known and unknown spaces – is deeply relevant and necessary for me.