Most days I am busy making things that relate to the body and teaching others to do the same.
I love to move. Most of my moving is dancing and boxing and rock climbing, I also love to roll on balls – seeking the sensations of connectedness through my body, and sprint down the street – propelling my mass forward through the space with vigor and commitment.
I especially care about dance because it integrates expression and creativity with physical skill and prowess. Making dances means making worlds that do not exist otherwise, and researching something and coming to know it in a manner I otherwise could not come to know it. Through dance I get to physically design and develop relationships and understandings that are experienced and perceived by those who perform it and witness it. Dance appears at the same time it disappears. It teaches me about ritual, spontaneity, and taking care of the moment. Dance is a movement mantra through which my moving body can momentarily make the world I want to inhabit.
I am an Assistant Professor of Dance at Alfred University where I delight in working with the bright, inquisitive students and many smart, creative colleagues. As a dance artist and educator I particularly value quirky, sensitive, and athletic movement -movement that is expressive and enlivening. Subtlety is a joy when it supports exuberant physicality.
I also co-direct Integrated Movement Studies, an organization offering certification programs and immersion education based on Laban/Bartenieff Movement Studies. As a steward of that organization and lineage of work I am compelled to care for the magnificent developments that have come before and keep it relevant and current as it grows into the future.
When not doing these things I relish time in my fiber arts studio – as if my instincts are compelled to be touching fiber at all times. Several things about making in fiber particularly excite me: garments that are physically comfortable yet slightly quirky, sweaters of all sorts, and the ugly quilt collection.
While dance and movement likely seem very separate from my fiber work, these pursuits often work together and support the artistic queries of the other. Ideas from ugly quilting shape the costuming of a new dance work, the cadence and mechanisms of a sewing machine lay the seeds of a compositional study and eventual solo. The agony of a tossed sewing project is channeled into a new dance, while the joy of performance is processed with hours of solitude in the studio.
These things I come upon naturally. My childhood could be characterized by oscillating between a flurry of designing and sewing related activities and a craving for physicality to the max. Growing up I played as many sports as I could and made almost every garment I wore.
These earliest interests have become my life’s adult work, though in an arguably more refined manner. I continue to dive into physicality, both as a practice and an academic pursuit and argue that we adults need a most diverse range of movements too – just like our vibrant younger selves did. I work with athletes to be more virtuosic movers, teach workshops on embodied communication, and work with private clients towards their more fulfilled moving lives. I continue to explore the vast options we have as movers, including the relationships between identity and movement codes, and hope that for others movement also brings deeper ways of knowing and becoming and unbecoming ones’ self. When I teach fiber-related classes these interests emerge in how each body is attended to, respected, and adorned.
I have a Masters in Fine Arts in Dance from SUNY Brockport, a Masters in Liberal Studies from SUNY Empire State College, and a Bachelors in Dance and Arts and Education from William Smith College, with high honors for my honors thesis “Cultivating Creative Bodies.” I am a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst through Integrated Movement Studies, a Registered Somatic Movement Educator through ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists Association) and Certified Personal Trainer through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine).