Artist Statement & CV

Artist Statement 

As I age, I find myself contemplating truth-telling in dance. Truth-telling requires bravery. I am not always brave, and the works I make are not always brave works. But with each passing year, I find myself asking more pointed questions about art and dance, specifically questions involving truth. How do we move the truth? How do we vulnerably expose the secrets dwelling within a hand, a knee, a rib cage, a belly? And once exposed, how does the experience of being seen influence the act of seeing? As a multidisciplinary choreographer I am interested in complicated mixtures and ironic juxtaposition. Through movement, words, voice, and visual art, I strive to find intricacy in the ordinary, delicacy in the mundane, mystery in the familiar, and humor in the tragedy. The body is its own complicated mixture; it can lie as skillfully as the mouth. My relationship with my own body grows increasingly  complicated, and moving it with honesty requires bravery and patient persistence. As I create, I vacillate between stifling and releasing, hoarding and giving, hating and loving. As I move, I capture and reveal my body’s screams, lies, laughter, and longings.



2014                                                                                                                                              Movement Analyst certificate, Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, NYC, NY, Thesis: “Movement/Voice – Invention and Connection through LMA/BF”

2012                                                                                                                                                Master of Fine Arts, Choreography/Dance Performance, University of WI – Milwaukee Thesis: “My Cheekbones…Your Chin”

1994                                                                                                                                                Bachelor of Arts, Dance, Western MI University, Kalamazoo, MI, Cum Laude 

Continued Professional Development

October 23-26, 2019: The Creative Process: Choreography, Choice-making and Communication, National Dance Education Organization (N.D.E.O.) fall conference, Miami, FL

July 30-August 2, 2019: Jazz Dance: Hybrids, Fusions, Connections, Community, N.D.E.O. summer conference, Newport, RI 

2018: Arts for Education conference, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, Ontario

2018: Panpapanpalya, Dance and the Child International conference, Adelaide, Australia

2018 Sculpting Space, D. Kinnear & W. Pinchin, 2018 Physical Festival, Chicago, IL

2018 Process over Product, Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak, Chicago, IL

2017 Katherine Dunham symposium and master class, Evanston, IL

2017 Jazz Dance Theory and Composition course, N.D.E.O. Online Professional Development Institute

2016 The Choreographic Mind, Susan Rethorst, Tulsa, OK

2016 Jazz Dance: Roots and Branches in Practice, N.D.E.O. summer conference, New Port, RI

2015 Dance Education: Engaging in the Artistic Process, N.D.E.O. fall conference, Phoenix, AZ

2015 Collaboration for Dancers and Choreographers, Susan Marshall, NYC, NY

2014 Counter-Technique, Nina Wollny, Florence, Italy

2013 Space Harmony, Stacey Hurst, Chicago, IL

2012 Alexander Technique, Luc Vanier, Milwaukee, WI

2012 Dancing Voice/Singing Body, Meredith Monk, NYC, NY

2008 Modern dance pedagogy, Jan Erkert, Chicago, IL


2013-present Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Hope College, Holland, MI
Courses: Laban Movement Analysis, Composition I and II, Movement Fundamentals, Improvisation, Contemporary I-II, Jazz I, First Year Seminar, Dance History Survey Additional: Concert choreography, Student Dance Showcase advising/producing, student advising, publicity/promotion, recruiting, academic boards/committees

June 23-July 1, 2019 Invited teaching artist, International Congress of Performing Arts, Universidad de Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. Master class: Contemporary

2018 Master teacher, Panpapanpalya, Dance and the Child International conference, Adelaide, Australia. Master class: “Jazz – Honoring History, Celebrating Community, Reveling in Rhythm”

2015 Guest artist, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Master class: Contemporary; Lecture/Q and A: Multidisciplinary art-making

2014 Master teacher, American College Dance Association festival, Chicago, IL
Master class: “Dynamic Performer”

2009-2013 Part-time Instructor, Hope College, Holland, MI
Courses: Contemporary I-III, Jazz I-II, Ballet I, Movement Fundamentals, Improvisation  Additional: Concert choreography, publicity/promotion

2012 Master teacher, American College Dance Association festival, Allendale, MI
Master class: “Voice and Movement”

2012, 2009 Master teacher, Dance In The Annex (DITA), Grand Rapids, MI
Master classes: Contemporary

2010 American College Dance Association festival, Stevens Point, WI
Master class: Jazz

2007-08, 1994-95 Adjunct Instructor, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
Courses: Contemporary I, Jazz I, Improvisation

2000-2001 Adjunct Instructor, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
Course: Contemporary I
Additional: Director/Choreographer of Contemporary Dance Ensemble

Dramaturgy and Professional Work

2018-2021 Project Director, The Elephant Project, global initiative using movement and dance for breast cancer awareness and recovery. Phase 1: Movement workshops for West Michigan individuals affected by breast cancer or interested in breast health. Organizational partners include Holland Hospital; Susan G. Komen Grand Rapids; Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. Phase 2: Ten original, collaborative dance works based on the themes of fragility, trauma, loss, and body image, for audiences across the United States, Israel, Brazil, Mexico, and Germany. Phase 3: A screen-dance created in Holland, MI, for audiences worldwide. Expanded version to include survivor interviews and movement therapy resources. 

2019 Project collaborator, site-specific screen-dance. Release date TBD. Directors: Ana Baer and Rocio Luna. Location: Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

2018-2019 Dramaturg, “Liminal” as part of Everything Has a Corner, Dovetail Studios, Chicago, ILChoreographer: Carrie Brueck Morris                                

2018 Dramaturg, “How to Move the Truth #4, as part of Seis Voces produced by Ballet East, Austin, TX. Choreographer: Sharon Marroquin

2013 Dramaturg, “Evanthel and Schnudi,” as part of Grand Valley State University’s Fall Arts, Allendale, MI. Choreographer: Carrie Brueck Morris

2012 Adjudicator, Student Dance Showcase, Eastern MI University Dance Department, Lansing, MI

2009 Co-founder, Dance In The Annex (DITA), Grand Rapids, MI

1999- 2003 Founder/Director/Choreographer/Performer, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) Dance Collaborative, Grand Rapids, MI


2019 “You. Unearthed.,” 5 dancers, as part of Everything Has a Corner, Dovetail Studios, Chicago, IL.

2019 “Lying, Winning and S Curves,” as part of Everything Has a Corner, Dovetail Studios, Chicago, IL, and Women’s Work, Detroit, MI. Collaborator: Stephanie Rankin  

2019 “How to Move the Truth #7,” 10 dancers, Universidad de Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. (presentation date TBD.)  

2019 “You. Unearthed.,” five dancers, Dance 45, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI

2018 “How to Move the Truth #1,” 2 dancers, 2018 Exchange Choreography Festival, Tulsa, OK. Collaborator: Alicia Chesser Atkin 

2018 “I Make Myself Your Door,” 4 dancers, 2018 Dance and the Child International conference, Adelaide, Australia

2018 “Sketches,” 4 dancers, 2018 Dance and the Child International conference, Adelaide, Australia. Collaborator: Nicole Flinn

2017  “I Make Myself Your Door,” 20 dancers, Holland, MI. Collaborators: vocal director Jennifer Wolfe and members of the Hope College vocal music department, poet Katherine McMorris, musician Mark Lopez and actress Akia Smith 

2017  “Under a Blu Sun,” 7 dancers, Dance 43, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI

2016 “Color/Form” (screen-dance), 12 dancers, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI. Collaborator: Carrie Brueck Morris 

2016 “Run. Chase. Swallow. Shift.,” 3 dancers, Dance 42, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI

2015 “Color Boat,” 14 dancers, Newark, DE. Collaborators: choreographer Kimberly  Schroeder; visual artists Dennis Beach and Donald McLaughlin

2015 “Glass Ceiling,” 2 dancers, Holland, MI, as part of the 2015 international “Dance Anywhere” event

2015 “If It Rained Color,” 4 dancers, Dance 41, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI. Collaborator: visual artist Jessica Joy London; sound designer Kimberly Schroeder

2014 “When the Days Become a Moment,” 20 dancers/singers/actors, ArtPrize-Grand Rapids, MI; Holland, MI. Collaborators: poet Rob Kenagy; musician Nate Roberts    

2014 “you and me in relative time,” 5 dancers, Dance 40, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI

2013 “Seal Steak…and Dirty Tulips,” 6 dancers, Dance 39, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI. Collaborator: visual artist Katherine Sullivan 

2012 “Your Cheekbones…My Chin,” 2 dancers, MFA thesis, Holland, MI

2012 “Julio’s Cheekbones,” 7 dancers, Dance 38, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI

2011 “Tangible,” 3 dancers, ArtPrize-Grand Rapids, MI

2011 “Slippage and Delicacies,” solo, Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI; Milwaukee, WI

2011 “PSA on Diet Coke,” solo, Milwaukee, WI

2011 “Borkits on a Bench,” 4 dancers, Grand Rapids, MI              

2011 “And He Fell Among Us,” 11 dancers, Dance 37, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI

2010 “The Unnaming,” 4 dancers, Zelazo Center for Performing Arts, Milwaukee, WI

2010 “Truth is I Don’t Even Like Sushi,” solo, Milwaukee, WI

2010 “The Naming,” 7 dancers, Dance 36, Knickerbocker Theatre, Holland, MI

2003 “Key of W,” two dancers, Kalamazoo, MI

2003 “Communion: A Gathering of Souls,” 13 dancers, UICA Showcase, Grand Rapids, MI

2002 “If Not More,” two dancers, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo; Lansing, MI. (Recipient of the 2002 Maggie Allesee New Choreography Award)

Musical Theater Choreography

2014 Urinetown, Hope College Theatre Department, Holland, MI

2009 South Pacific, Evergreen Ministries, Hudsonville, MI

2007 Guys and Dolls, Evergreen Ministries, Hudsonville, MI

Performance Experience

2019 Scree-dance performer under the direction of Ana Baer and Rocio Luna (upcoming; international release date TBD)

2018 “How to Move the Truth #1,” Tulsa, OK

2015 “Color/Form,” Newark, DE

2015 “The Blind Ambition of Miss Columbia,” ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI

2015 “Glass Ceiling,” Dance AnywhereHolland, MI

2012 “Your Cheekbones…My Chin,” MFA thesis, Holland, MI

2011 “Tangible,” ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI

2011 “Slippage and Delicacies,” Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI; Milwaukee, WI

2011 “PSA on Diet Coke,” Milwaukee, WI

2010 “Truth is I Don’t Even Like Sushi,” Milwaukee, WI

2009 “Touching Peace,” ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI, Choreographer: A. Catherine Herrman 

2009 “Requiem,” Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI. Choreographer: Amy Wilson 

Publications and Presentations

Fall, 2019 Author: “Fueling the Creative Agency of Generation Z,” Dance Education in Practice (in press, issue TBD)

October 23-26, 2019: Presenter: “Engaging and Equipping the Dancers of Generation Z,” N.D.E.O. fall conference: The Creative Process: Choreography, Choice-making and Communication (upcoming)

October 23-26, 2019: Panelist: “College Student Preparedness: A Conversation about Definition, Scope, and Engagement​,” N.D.E.O. fall conference: The Creative Process: Choreography, Choice-making and Communication (upcoming)

July 30 – August 2, 2019: Panelist: “Jazz Dance in Higher Education: Moving Toward a Manifesto for Curricular Change,” N.D.E.O. summer conference: Jazz Dance: Hybrids, Fusions, Connections, Community (upcoming)

2019 Workshop facilitator: “Integrating Body and Voice: LMA for the Actor,” THE 162, Hope College Theatre Department, Holland, MI

2018 Presenter: “The Elephant Project: Dancing Toward Wholeness,” Arts for Education conference, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Toronto, ON

2018 Presenter: “Building Your Dance Community, from Hallway to Studio to Stage,”Panpapanpalya, Dance and the Child International conference, Adelaide, Australia

2018 Guest lecturer: “BodySpeak: Moving to Relate, Communicate and Express,” COMM 210, Hope College Communications Department, Holland, MI

2017 Presenter: “The Identity of Dance in a Christ-Centered College,” Arts and Humanities Symposium, Hope College, Holland, MI.

2016 Author: “Releasing Your Inner Howler Monkey: Making the Transition into College,” Journal of Dance Education, Volume 16, Issue 4

2016 Presenter: “A Contract for Accountability,” N.D.E.O. annual conference, Washington DC

2016 Workshop facilitator: “Finding Power through Body, Effort, Space and Shape” WGS 200, Hope College Women & Gender Studies Department, Holland, MI

2016 Workshop facilitator: “Integrating Body and Voice: LMA for the Actor,” THE 162, Hope College Theatre Department, Holland, MI

2016 Guest lecturer: “The Body Speaks for Peace,” Critical Issues Symposium, Hope College, Holland, MI

2015 Guest lecturer: “Communicating through Movement,” COM 101, Hope College Communications Department, Holland, MI

2015 Workshop facilitator: “Embody Art,” Holland Arts Council, Holland, MI. Collaborator/Co-presenter: visual artist Jessica Joy London

2014 Workshop facilitator: “Integrating Body and Voice: LMA for the Actor,” THE 162, Hope College Theatre Department, Holland, MI

2013 Workshop facilitator: “Integrating Body and Voice: LMA for the Vocalist,” Women’s Chamber Choir, Hope College Music Department Holland, MI

2013 Presenter: “LMA for the Athlete,” MAHPERD (MI Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) annual conference, Lansing, MI

2011 Panelist: Dance-artist panel discussion with arts critic Tom Strini, Milwaukee, WI

Service to Hope College

2016-2019 Secretary, member: Academic Affairs Board

2015-2016 Secretary, member: Faculty Committee

2014-2015 member: Curriculum Committee

Awards and Grants

2019 Jacob E. Nyenhuis Faculty Development grant

2018 NEA Art Works $80,495 ($40,180 request, $40,315 cost-share) (applied; not funded)

2018 Jacob E. Nyenhuis Faculty Development grant

2017 Patrons for the Arts grant

2016: Jacob E. Nyenhuis Faculty Development grant

2015: Jacob E. Nyenhuis Faculty Development grant

2015: Towsley Scholars Program (applied, not funded)

2015 Patrons for the Arts grant

2014: Patrons for the Arts grant

2002: Michigan Dance Council’s Maggie Allesse “New Choreography Award” recipient

Dance Training

Improvisation and Composition: Susan Rethorst, Susan Marshall, Janet Lilly, Simone Ferro, Luc Vanier, Deb Loewen, Lindsey Thomas, Nina Nelson. Master classes with Molly Shannahan, Eiko and Koma.

Jazz: Lindsey Thomas, Sharon Wong. Master classes with Billy Siegenfeld, Karen Hubbard, Sheron Wray, Melanie George.

West African: Ferne Bronson

Contemporary and Modern: Nina Wollny, Gerald Casel, Gerri Houlihan, Doug Varone, Cori Terry, Nina Nelson, Steven Iannacone. Master classes with Katiti King, Gloria McLean

Voice and Movement: Meredith Monk

Somatics: Cheryl Clark, John Chanik, Trisha Bauman, Jackie Hand, Frederick Curry, Stacy Hurst, Elizabeth Johnson, Rachelle Palnick-Tsachor, Carol-Lynne Moore, Luc Vanier, Anne-Rene Petrarca, Eric Franklin, Shelley Senter, Jackie Villamil

Pedagogy: Jan Erkert

Professional Organization Membership

2015-present National Dance Educators Organization

Additional Skills/Interests

Multidisciplinary collaboration, collaborative creative process, movement analysis, movement coaching, site-specific improvisation and composition,  voice, devised theater, writing


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