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Choreographer, Dancer, Teacher

I am a passionate choreographer and dancer who loves to move people emotionally, physically and mentally. Dance is such an elusive and intangible art form. The minute the dance is performed it dies. As the late Merce Cunningham said: “You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive. And that "fleeting moment" that makes people feel alive is what interests me, that "fleeting moment" is what I want to capture and bring alive in dance , choreography or my teaching.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Adjudicator for the annual Choreographer's Showcase in Maryland. Dec. 2019

 

Chicago Dancemakers Lab Awards Fellow 2019. Sept 2019-July 2020

Guest Choreographer for the 3Arts Gala at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Chicago. November 2019

 

Guest Choreographer for Modern American Dance Company reconstructing Wallstories an evening length piece reflecting the fall of the Berlin Wall. October 2019

 

Guest Choreographer for Nature Dreams at Lincoln Park a site specific dance for the Chicago Park District. August/Sept 2019

 

Guest Performer for Danza Concierto in Colombia April/May 2019

 

 Guest Artist at Harvard Dance Center in Boston February 2019

 

Choreographer for

"The Boy Who Dances On Air"

at Abingdon Theater in NY, May 2017

 

Choreographer for MADCO's "Freedom" program at the Touhill Center for the Performing Arts in St. Louis, April 2017