I grew up in Iowa on the traditional, ancestral, and contemporary land of the Sauk and Meskwaki peoples. I now make my home in central Michigan, land of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi) peoples.
As a lifelong Midwesterner, it is important to me that the dances I create are rooted in particular spaces. The moving body is a document of time, experience, and place, and dance is a means of defining and interpreting the world through our bodies. Dance taps into the pulsing veins of humankind, closely observing, exploring, and engaging the personal and the social to create art and story. I co-founded Third Coast Dance Company, in part out of a desire to connect dance to the lands and waters of Michigan.
Most importantly for me, dance is about collaboration. My strategy is to engage dancers in the choreographic process and have them help create movements that are interesting to them and feel good in their bodies. When dancers—whether professionals or beginners—are asked to collaborate in dance making, they are more fully engaged in body, mind, and spirit. My choreographic strength lies in my ability to create safe spaces in which collaborations can flourish.
When I’m not dancing, you can find me working as a licensed counselor, teaching yoga, or enjoying the outdoors with my curious kid and boxer dogs.