I'm a dance artist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I'm interested in honest performances, collaborative endeavors, and movement that expresses the range of textures in the body. I'm researching what it means to pursue dance with a joyful and socially-aware practice, creating dance for theater and public spaces with my partner and collaborator, Abigail Whitmore. I am also an instructor at Prairie School of Dance in Eden Prairie.
The long version:
I graduated from Perpich Arts High School in 2013, and then attended the University of Minnesota where I graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance in 2017. In the Dance Program, I was fortunate to perform works by Justin Jones, The Martha Graham Dance Company, Marcus Jarrell Willis, luciana achugar, Brian Brooks, and Joanie Smith. I also completed a year at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, Israel, where I performed works by Ohad Naharin, Vertigo Dance Company, Amir Kolben, Dana Rottenberg, and Noa Zuk. I draw from a lineage of passionate and wise instructors in my work, and I acknowledge the impact my studies have made. At the same time, I look critically at codified dance forms I've studied and continue to investigate the intersections of my identity and role as a dance artist in community.
After graduating in 2017, I performed works by Jeffrey Peterson Dance in Rhythmically Speaking and the Minnesota Fringe Festival and by Maggie Bergeron and Company for the Hear Here Festival. In 2018 I performed with Alternative Motion Project in works by Sophia Pimsler, Kristin Howe, and Joanna Lees. I also danced in a work by Emma Marlar for Rhythmically Speaking 2018 and in a work in process for SLO Dance Company to the live music of Purple Funk Metropolis.
With my collaborator and partner, Abigail Whitmore, I create dance for both theaters and public spaces. We created performative events for Glam Doll Donuts (You're Invited, 2016) through a UROP grant, and for the University of Minnesota Rec Center pool (Run Rinse Repeat,2017); the short film of which was shown at OFF THE WALL video series in Madison, WI in 2017. In 2018, we performed at the Casket Arts Building for our curation of Casket Dances - an event that also hosted work by Reneé Copeland and Laurie Van Wieren. That year we also led Dance Workout Tours of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in conjunction with the Walker Art Center's free summer programming. This Free Thursday event rebooted as SculpTour in 2019. We also collaborated with Anusha Ramaswami, Nakita Kirchner, and Nicole Stumpf on a piece (To and From:) for the 2019 Works in Progress program presented by Red Eye Theater. We look forward to being Happy Hour artists at ARENA Dances CANDYBOX Festival in 2021.
photo by Isabel Fajardo