Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Currently resides: Saratoga Springs, New York
What ADLI means to me: ADLI is such an important organization in the world of modern dance and I am extremely grateful to be working with a group of incredible artists/educators in promoting the importance of legacy and accessibility in our art form. To be able to work with ADLI and spread the richness of American modern dance, really feeds my soul.
Education/training: I began my dance training at the School of Cleveland Ballet and the Cleveland School of the Arts. I received a BFA from the Juilliard School in 1995 where I was the recipient of the Martha Hill Award.
Professional experience: I was a dancer and rehearsal director for Henning Rubsam's SENSEDANCE for seven years and I was a founding member and rehearsal director for Robert Battle's Battleworks Dance Company during its 10 year span (2000-2010). I have been performing and teaching Robert Battle's works for the past 24 years. I am currently an artist in residence at Skidmore College where I teach Modern Dance Technique; Choreography; Dance, Music and Film; and Contemporary Ballet. I also create works for the students for their main stage performances.
Major Influence: Robert Battle has been an important person in my life. He has been a mentor, colleague, teacher, creator, and most importantly a friend. I really connect with the raw human emotion that his work conveys and have been inspired by the way he respects legacy and the importance of educating young artists about our dance heritage. His work has been a huge part of my dance DNA and has given me the passion to continue to perform, create and educate.
Favorite Place: The dance studio. It truly is my sanctuary. Whether I am taking class, rehearsing, teaching, or creating, it is where I feel most at home. It doesn't matter what kind of day I am having. As soon as I step foot in the studio, I feel alive!
What I do for fun: I LOVE anything outdoors! Hiking, walking on the beach, watching the sunrise, the sunset, stargazing..... nature inspires me. My newest interest is bird watching. I also love reading, watching movies, and listening to music.
On my bucket list: I would love to travel to Greece, Australia, and Hawaii at some point in my life.
What I do to recharge: Drink a Chai Tea!!!! :-)
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