This summer I got the amazing opportunity to spend a week in the Mendocino Redwoods with 200 incredible musicians, dancers and generally fantastic people. It was one of the best, most creatively productive weeks I’ve had in my life. As an incredible bonus, I got to have a photo session with the fabulous dancer/ session coach Ma*shuqa and amazing photographer Carl Sermon!!
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I was in my first school and community plays when I was 9 years old. I was pretty much hooked after that and did one or more theatrical production every year of my life until I was 19. My senior year of high school was a milestone- in many ways, it saw a culmination of all the energy and effort I had put into the performance art of theatre in the last, nearly, ten years. I got/ earned the opportunities to stage manage a production, choreograph another (and get paid for it) and direct yet another stage show. I'll be honest in saying that I've only been in a handful of productions since high school, having focused so heavily on work, relationships, travel and other life callings. But my passion and love for theatre has remained just as alive and brightly burning, maybe now even with more depth than before. If you have any questions about how to get started in your local theatre community, please contact me because I would be happy to help! I've included some of my most memorable and favorite theatre credits for reference but know that my understanding and appreciation of theatre goes far beyond my resumé, which I hope will never be done growing.
My love of dance as a form of physical expression sprouted before I remember, as I’m sure is the case with most people. Dance is universal and difficult to escape, not that I would ever want to.
My dance training began in 1999, when I began my first tap lessons. I am still dancing today- in class, on stage, on my own. My best dances happen inside my head, which is why I continue to train and strive for growth so I can one day make my most creative thoughts a physical reality. I’ve spent the last few years focusing on yoga and Middle Eastern dance styles but have a background of formal training in styles such as tap, ballet, jazz, Broadway, hip- hop and contemporary. I have done a little bit of personal study, and would like to do much more, in modern dance and physical theatre, African, Polynesian and Latin American/ Caribbean dance styles. All of this study truly speaks to who I am as an artist- never able to settle into one thing or another, always wanting to experiment and taste a little bit of everything. I would call myself a stylistic dancer, jumping into any genre that suits the occasion and pursuing a degree of excellence all along the way. Below, you’ll find a brief summary of my specific dance education and performance experience (*indicates when training came with multiple performance opportunities). Scroll all the way down to the bottom of this page and click on the YouTube icon for videos of my practice and performances!
Aside from studying, I also love to move therapeutically. I feel dance is such a huge part of my self- care routine. It energizes my body, enriches my spirit and provides an avenue for my soul to reach out to the world in ways that words can’t express. Dance helps me connect to myself, the music, the present moment and all moments at once. I really believe in the remediating power of movement and I would love to help you discover it, so if you’re interested in learning about how to start moving, drop me a line! I’ll do my best to listen, be a source of knowledge and provide access to other resources you may be looking for or needing.
Music has been an enormous influence on my life since a very young age. My parents are both musicians in their respects, and much of my life was accompanied by song. I started training my voice and learning to play the piano and read music when I was 6 years old and I’ve failed to stop doing so!! I’ve picked up a few instruments, some that stuck more than others, but I have a deep and unending passion for singing. I have trained in a number of styles including classical, operatic, hymn/gospel, folk, contemporary and pop in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Latin and other languages. For the past few months, I have been working on Middle Eastern styles of music through vocal work and learning to play the doumbek (Egyptian drum). For me, singing is a source of pure joy. It learns me, adapts with me, brings me closer to myself. In listening to and participating in music, I feel as though I am aligning myself with the vibrations of the world around me, a feeling that is highly addictive and highly beneficial. If you’ve ever thought about getting into music or learning about musical theory, please connect with me! Below are specifications about my musical training and performance experience. Scroll all the way to the bottom of this page and click on the YouTube icon for videos of practices and performances!
*indicates when training came with multiple performance opportunities