I am 22 years old and just moved to Boston from Chicago in September. Currently, I am working with Nozama Dance Collective and recently completed a choreography residency where I created a new work using studio space at OnStage Dance Company. I spent the summer training with DanceWorks Chicago in class and rehearsals with Artistic Director Julie Nakagawa, Batsheva Dance Company’s Oscar Ramos, and Visceral Dance Chicago’s Hanna Bricston, among many others.
At the age of 14, I began training at Dancenter North in Libertyville, Illinois in Ballet, Jazz, Hiphop, and modern technique. I found my voice as a dancer and choreographer in my high school’s modern dance program under the direction of Erin Jaffe and Margi Cole of COLEctive using the Laban movement theory. There, I explored process-based creation and improvisation. Since then, I have been invited back as a guest choreographer to set a new piece with live music.
As an undergraduate at DePaul University, I held the role of president for DePaul Dance Company (DDC) in which I artistic directed and planned shows at various venues in Chicago. During that time, I was able to choreograph solos, duets, small groups, modern group pieces, and full company pieces which showcased the eclectic voices of fifty dancers. While receiving my undergraduate degree in poetry and running DDC, I additionally trained at Visceral Dance Chicago, Lou Conte Dance Studio, and others in Chicago.
After graduating, I created, choreographed, directed, and performed in my first evening length work, 22, A Million. I additionally worked for contemporary company Ascendence Dance Chicago as well as the modern/improvisation collective with live music Lin Batsheva Kahn and Dancers. These experiences continue to shape my collaborative mindset and exploration as a dancer and choreographer as I transition to a new city.
Here, I am actively searching for opportunities to further my career as a choreographer. I hope to use all of the opportunities I've had so far to eventually create a sustainable movement collective based on my original movement practices. I believe that dancers should be paid for their work. I am here to fulfill my goals while also ensuring that dancers have the proper platform to commit to the work by making it a sustainable practice.