About

Nashville, TN

Associate Director // Found Movement Group

Millennium Dance Complex Nashville

 Fresh Talent Group

Rippleffect

 

 

Bio

After receiving a B.F.A from The Ohio State University where I worked with choreographers such as Abby Zbikowski, Joshua Manculich, Ann Sofie Clemmenson, Stephen Koplowitz, Ohad Fishof/Noa Zuk, & others, I decided to head back home to Nashville to explore what kind of dance community was growing and how I could cultivate my own path with dance. I grew up training competitively making my work & training both rigorous & always pushing to the edge, yet my years training with the faculty at OSU & exploring other concert/contemporary styles taught me breath, patience, & ease. After knee surgery in 2012 I had to reteach my body how to move without pain- I found release technique & floor work and now I love it even more. My movement blends athleticism and flow- using our natural weight and momentum to drive the movement and find true full-boniness with ease. Floor work, modern basics, contemporary flow, and heavy bass rap beats mixed with ambient chill tones are what you will typically find in my class as I try to create a challenging but fun & open class where you can explore throwing yourself around, going off balance, & enjoying the full bodied movement. My duet with Tadas Varaneckas, ‘Blended Hues’, premiered at the 2015 Midwest American College Dance Festival Conference. My senior choreographic work ‘From Four to Two’, a 10 minute piece based on anthropological studies of humans, won the 2016 BellaMoxi Emerging Choreographic Artist Festival in Chicago Illinois & an article in Dance Informa Magazine, & most recently my piece ‘Bum One’ premiered at Big River Dance Festival in West Virginia. While at OSU I curated a love for dance film. ‘Unveiling’ premiered at both 30FPS Film Festival in Columbus Ohio & the Jacksonville Film Festival in Jacksonville, Florida. I’ve set work for Seven Dance Company, The Collaborative Dance Project, Susan Petry & The Gift Project, Found Youth, Found Movement Group. For the past two years I have taken on the role of Associate Director for Found Movement Group, under the executive direction of Stacie Flood-popp, where I was the Creative Director for the 2018/2019 Season and premiered my first full length evening work ‘the way i see it’. I teach classes through Found Movement Group, Southern Association of Dance Masters and Millenium Dance Complex, have performed at Lincoln Center through Bookings Dance Festival & do film/video work for companies across the country- including the American Dance Festival.

 

 

 

Recognition/Achievements

2018 Graduate of the Periscope Artist Entrepreneurship Training Program- Arts & Business Council of Nashville, TN

2017 Best overall modern/contemporary routine One Shot

2017 choreographic award for contemporary piece Entity

2015 Bellamoxi Emerging Choreographic Artist for From Four to Two

2015 dance film Unveiling accepted into the 30FPS Film Festival in Columbus, OH and the Jacksonville Film Festival in Florida

2015 Blended Hues duet with Tadas Varaneckas premieres at American College Dance Festival