As a queer, cis-gender, female, white person I orient my work to cultivate radical aliveness as an artist-activist practice; intersectional collaboration is central to my work. I am devoted to practicing, researching, teaching, and performing experimental contemporary dance, contact improvisation, improvisation, and somatics through anti-oppression methodologies. My work activates wildness, sustainability, gentleness, queering, questioning, and interdependence. I insist on complexity.
I was born in Alaska and currently live in the land of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe people in Colorado. I am Assistant Professor of Dance at University of Colorado Boulder and previous served as Lecturer in Dance Studies at California State University San Marcos for nine years. 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. I studied the Feldenkrais® Method through the training program in San Diego with Elizabeth Beringer. My work as a dance maker reciprocally influences and sustains my work as an educator. I also regularly teach classes and workshops for different communities, festivals and institutions internationally.
My work has been produced/supported by Movement Research, Workshop Foundation, freeskewl, Screen Dance Festival Stockholm, La MaMa, Los Angeles Performance Practice, REDCAT, Tanzquartier, and Guatemala Department of Culture among others. I have worked with and/or performed for Sara Shelton Mann, Nancy Stark Smith, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Karen Schaffman, Karen Nelson, Makisig Akin, Mary Pearson, and Nhu Nguyen among others.
I believe in accountability and the power of visioning. I believe in the possibility for movement to engender sensitized humanity. I believe in dancing with the bodies that we have as the people we are.