Hometown: Princeton, Massachusetts
Currently resides: Boston, Massachusetts
What ADLI means to me: ADLI provides invaluable educational programming that's accessible to every audience. I'm passionate about accessibility, so it's exciting to work with an organization that's committed to both keeping dance alive and bringing it to diverse audiences.
Education/training: I began my dance training at the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers in Worcester, Massachusetts where I was trained by an excellent dance faculty. One of my teachers, Christine Carlson, happened to have danced with jazz dance legend Matt Mattox. Unbeknownst to me at the time, my time with her led to a life-long passion for the preservation and study of American jazz dance. I continued dancing during my undergraduate studies at Brown Unviersity where I was lucky enough to do two residencies—one with Pilobolus and another learning Esplanade by Paul Taylor. While I graduated with a degree in Italian studies and economics from Brown, I knew I needed to pursue dance professionally. I immediately continued my studies at Smith College where I graduated with an MFA in dance choreography and performance. As I continue my career as a dancer, dance administrator, and dance maker, I cherish my time with Dancing Legacy because it serves as a continuing dance education.
Professional Experience: My choreographic work has been produced by the Bates Dance Festival, the Massachusetts Dance Festival, Green Space, Boston Center for the Arts, and various festivals throughout New York, New England, and Los Angeles. I have performed work by Monica Bill Barnes, choreographed for Columbia Records, performed in Cape Town, South Africa, and choreographed for the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival. As a dance educator, I've had the honor of teaching at Smith College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and am currently on faculty at Dean College.
My favorite dance memory: Performing in Cape Town, South Africa and meeting some of my favorite dance scholars from all over the world.
What I do for fun: Pickle vegetables and use them as cocktail garnishes!
On my bucket list: Visiting all 7 continents—only 3 more to go!
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