My dance is a manifestation, a prayer, a culmination of the present moment informed by past lives. I seek to ask the questions that are provocative and radical. I strive to inhabit the vulnerable spaces, in order to gain knowledge about myself and the cultures of which I am a practitioner and a consumer. I aim to navigate my path from a place of honesty, and in all my honest endeavors, I make it a priority to give credit where credit is due in order to honor those who have mentored me and those who have pioneered the movement languages I hold so dear. I move to create deep and meaningful connections with those I come in contact with, both on and off the dance floor.
I was brought up studying ballet and modern dance techniques. It wasn’t until my senior year of college in 2015 that I discovered street dance. Since then, I have been training and performing under the direction of street dance pioneer, Rennie Harris. For the past two years, I have been an active member of Rennie Harris Puremovement. At this juncture of my career, I am constantly navigating questions that have risen from the relationships I have made along my journey and from my diverse training background.
There are several questions I have been exploring that are essential to my process. First, what is my role as someone who identifies as a white woman; someone who is also an active practitioner and consumer of a culture that is ever evolving? More importantly, how do I actively and appropriately contribute to a culture that emerged from the oppression of black and brown bodies? How do I find a way to speak fluently; deriving elements from my native movement languages and street dance styles? How do I become a vessel for opportunity and platforms within the community I hold so dear; for voices that need to be heard?
As a teacher and facilitator, I aim to uncover the potential and artistry of every student I encounter. I create unique and specific lesson plans that highlight foundation, creativity, self expression, and opportunities for open dialogue.
I value honest expression above all in my artistic endeavors; utilizing three mediums I am highly passionate about - dance, music, and poetry. The relationships I create between these mediums in my work are as important as the relationships I intend to make with my audience. I seek to make connections, in order to dig up what hasn’t been said or what needs to be revealed. I believe the only way to develop opportunities for conversations that contain the power to initiate change, is by creating deep and meaningful relationships both on and off the concert stage.
“Relationships are the agents of change, and the most powerful therapy is human love.” - Dr. Bruce D. Perry