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Education

Smith College: MFA in Dance, August 2015-May 2017

Certificate in Assisted Thai Yoga (Thai Massage) June 2014

University of Florida: BFA in Dance Performance 2008-2012, Certificate in Dance in Medicine 2012-2013

Pilates Certification through Pilates Sports Center July 2010

Charleston County School of the Arts: High school diploma majoring in dance 2004-2008

 

 

Teaching Experience

  • Dance for MS, a movement class for people living with MS designed in collaboration with the UF Neurology Department, the UF Dance Department, and the Center for Arts in Medicine, July 2018-present
  • Dance for Life, a class for people with movement disorders: UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine, June 2018-present.
  • Guest Teacher for 3 Basic Modern classes at the University of Florida Spring 2019
  • Guest Teacher for Intermediate Modern at the University of Florida Fall 2019
  • Guest Teacher for Dance in Medicine class at the University of Florida Fall 2019
  • Creativity Across Generations, a creative movement class for elders: Birchview Gardens Assisted Living, September 2017-March 2018.
  • Body Tuning- a gentle approach to contemporary technique: Southern Vermont Dance Festival, July 2017.
  • Contemporary 1- Dance Fundamentals: Smith College, Teaching Fellow 2016-2017
  • Yoga for Dancers: Smith College, Teaching Fellow 2015-2017
  • Intermediate/Advanced Modern (Guest Artist): Swamp Dance Festival at the University of Florida, Guest Artist July 2014.
  • Creative Movement for Adults with Disabilities at the ARC of Alachua. 6-month residency 2014
  • Host/ facilitator for weekly contact Jams at the Bodi Sanga Shala, Gainesville, Fl January-August 2014.
  • Artist in Residence at Rochelle School of the Arts; Lakeland, FL March 2011. Set sections from Neta Pulvermacher’s 2280 Pints! on middle school students as well as modern technique class for 4th-8th grade.

Significant Teaching Experience During Undergraduate Work

  • Creative Expression Sessions: a movement and portraiture class for girls in the Juvenile Detention Center in Gainesville, FL January-May 2013. This program was conceived by Kate Pope as a requirement for the Dance in Medicine Certificate. I collaborated with Kate on facilitating and developing these classes.
  • Creativity Across Generations: a movement class for Alzheimer’s patients in Gainesville, FL November 2012-May 2013. I conceived this program in collaboration with two other Arts in Medicine students as a requirement for the Certificate.

Choreographic Experience

2019

  • From Gainesville, With Love, an interactive piece created in collaboration with members from the Dance for Life and Dance for MS classes for the Harn Museum Nights event. The piece featured live music by Jonathan Dominique, and invited audience members to learn and perform a short dance, celebrating the creativity of Gainesville. Roughly 60 people joined in the choreography for a truly heart warming experience.
  • Cycle, a dance for camera created for the 11 days of Unity event in Gainesville, FL. Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, September 2019.
  • Summertime Blue, an underwater dance created for Arts in Medicine’s Request of the week. Gilchrist Blue Springs, September 2019.
  • On the Wings, a dance for camera, performed by members from the Dance for Life class. The video was showcased at the World Parkinson’s Congress in June 2019.

2017

  • But for the sky, created by Stephanie Turner and Whitney Wilson, is an exploration of bodies–human bodies, earth bodies, bodies of knowledge. The piece premiered at the Arts Afield Inaugural Kick Off April 8th at the MacLeish Field Station. The piece featured original live music composed and performed by Nathan Seder and Will Shields.
  • Which Wolf?, a duet made in collaboration with Will Shields exploring the relationship of vice and virtue. Premiered April 13, 2017 at the Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA

2016

  • We are all this a collaborative, site specific, multi-generational group piece commissioned for the Earth Care Festival September 10-11 in Cummington, MA
  • Ripple a collaborative piece for a multi-generational cast for the Water Dance Festival, April 16.
  • Everything still is the same an original solo work performed at the Water Dance Festival April 16th, Grad Event April 29th, and Arts Night Out May 5th in Northampton, MA

2014

  • Clear-cut an original work created for the University of Florida’s annual summer dance intensive, Swamp Dance Festival. I collaborated with visual artist Xavier Cortada, who provided the concept, and with musician William Shields, who developed a sound score and performed live in the fully produced performances.
  • Turn Over an original work exploring the end. Commisioned by the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency for a street opening event June, 2014. Also, this work performed in a variety of venues through out Gainesville including: Gainesville Art Walk Jan 31st and February 28 and with local band, Wax Wings, at 1982 bar, the Civic media center, the Jam, ad Ellestial Sounds through out the winter and spring of 2014.

2013

  • Lay of the Land visiting artist Naomi Fischer displayed her video, photography, and paintings in the gallery. She commissioned Kristin O’Neal, Sasha French, and I to create and perform a movement sequence, which looped during the gallery opening.

2012

  • On the in side project for Swamp Dance Fest! performance “siXperiements Inc” July 2012. This work was set on high school students and undergraduates participating in the summer dance festival at the University of Florida.
  • Right on Fillmore Highlands Presbyterian Church December 2012. Commissioned to create an original work for church service in collaboration with pianist.

Selected Graduate and Undergraduate Choreographic Work

2017

  • We Are All This  (MFA thesis work) is an interdisciplinary, ecological exploration of the relationships between the self, the planet, and one another, and is comprised of radical movement vocabularies, an original, live sound score designed and performed by Will Shields, and an original set design by Serena Yau. The performance features a diverse, multi-generational group of artists and performers who take audiences on a trip through symbols, myths, and rituals to uncover our shared humanness.

2015

  • Without a shadow an original work created on 3 other dancers for the Smith College Grad Event in collaboration with musician William Shields, December 2015.

 

2011

  • we were afraid of being found out performed in the Creativity in Arts and Sciences Exhibition, Student Juried Exhibition, and University of Florida’s BFA showcase.
  • a watched pot performed in the University of Florida’s BFA showcase and at the ACDFA Gala performance in Albany, Georgia.

 Performance Experience

2016

  • Story/Time Choreographed by Bill T Jones, reworked by Jennifer Nugent. Performed at Mt Holyoke, November 10-12 and Amherst College March 3-5 2017.
  • You Name It Choreographed by MFA student Kate Seethaler. Performed in the MFA thesis Concert, February 11-13
  • Engram Triptych Choreographed by MFA candidate Bronwen MacArthur. Performed in the MFA thesis Concert in February 11-13

2015

  • Stir Choreographed by Jennifer Nugent. Performed in the Smith College Faculty Concert in November 2015 and the Five College Faculty Concert in March 2016

2011-2012

  • wired choreographed by Yaniv Abraham. ACDFA nationals in Washington DC Kennedy Center May, 2012

 

2010-2011

  • TedX at UF Constans Theater February, 2011
  • Neta Pulvermacher’s 2280 Pints! At the APAP arts festival in NYC January, 2011
  • Susan Marshall’s Cloudless (excerpts) University of Florida Constans Theater, February 2010.

 

 Awards, Grants, Scholarships

2015-2016

  • Teaching Fellow and full scholarship to participate in the Smith College MFA program

2011-2012:

  • 1st place and $1200 for choreography “we were afraid of being found out” in Creative Arts and Science Exhibition
  • 1st place and $200 for choreography “we were afraid of being found out” in the University of Florida’s College of Fine Arts Juried Exhibition
  • Choreography “a watched pot” chosen to represent University of Florida at the American College Dance Festival where it was selected to exist in the Gala.
  • Treasurer for student organization Dance in a Suitcase 2010-2012.

 

Significant Teachers and Mentors

2015-2017

  • Contemporary, Composition, Contact Improvisation (Smith College): Jennifer Nugent, Mike Vargas, Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser
  • Pedagogy (Smith College): Rodger Blum

2012-2013

  • Arts in Medicine and Dance in Medicine Mentor (University of Florida): Jill Sonke
  • 3 1-month workshops in Gaga, repertory, and composition (Kibbutz Ga’aton and the University of Florida): Yaniv Abraham (Batsheva)

2008-2012

  • Composition workshop (NYC): Susan Marshall
  • Undergraduate Composition, Modern Technique, Pedagogy: Neta Pulvermacher, Kristin O’neal, Kelly Drummond-Cawthon (Shapiro and Smith)

Related Work

  • Certified PCA in the state of Minnesota. Participated in CNA training (20 hours) to work in assisted living facilities.
  • Familiar with using Moodle, an interface for online educational courses.
  • Collaborated with the site manager of the MacLeish Field Station on designing and facilitating two different festivals at the Field Station. The first was for the National Water Dance, and consisted of 6 different local choreographers sharing their work at the field station. The audience was able to experience the field station by walking from site to site and witnessing choreographies inspired by its features. The festival ended with audience members planting seeds along a stream that needed a healthy riparian zone. I was the primary designer and director for this project. The other festival, the Arts Afield Kick Off, was an initiative to bring artists to the field station to enhance the research at the site. Similar to the Water Dance, audience members experience the field station by traveling from site to site and witnessing works inspired by the site itself. This event was interdisciplinary and featured story telling, dance, music, and visual arts installations. I was the primary designer and director of the event.
  • Lived and worked at Earthdance Creative Living inc. (April-December 2015) where I assisted the Artistic Director and Office Manager with administrative work. I also started a regular creative, collaborative practice with community members and organized performances for the group at local art galleries to help bridge Earthdance to the larger art community.

 

  • Hired as Tiffany Rhynard’s Administrative Assistant for Swamp Dance Festival 2014, Tzveta Kassabova’s Administrative Assistant for Swamp Dance Festival 2013 and Neta Pulvermacher’s Administrative Assistant for Swamp Dance Fest! 2012. Responsibilities include securing housing for participants and artists, paperwork, scheduling, programing, point person for communication, arts advocacy, teaching class and choreographing, and basically the right hand of the project.
  • Assisted Thai Yoga practitioner, offering bodywork locally and on sliding scale.
  • Served as student rehearsal director for MOD Company 2011-2012, specifically the work “wired” by Yaniv Abraham under direction of Neta Pulvermacher
  • Certified in Pilates Mat through Pilates Sports Center Ella Ben-Aharon