I am an independent dance artist based in Boston. With influences in American-style ballroom, ballet, contemporary and somatic dance practices, my work places a strong focus on building connection: connection to one’s body, one’s self, one’s audience, connection between dance partners, connection within and across communities.
I began dancing at Lowell High School, where dance class was offered in lieu of gym class. I received a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Dance and Drama from Bennington College, spending one term abroad at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria. I went on to spend seven years dancing with, and eventually managing, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Plymouth, Massachusetts. During my competitive career, I was awarded multiple national and North American titles, sanctioned by the North American Same-Sex Partner Dance Association. Throughout those years, I consistently advocated for the inclusion of same-sex partnership in mainstream Ballroom and Latin dance competition.
Since retiring from competitive ballroom dancing, I have developed a solo performance practice, creating work that is a mixture of movement and memoir. Part personal essay, part contemporary dance, these solos often weave back and forth between linear and nonlinear expression. By interpreting culturally significant texts (e.g. the prayers of the rosary, or the Star-Spangled Banner), I reframe iconic language in the context of my personal experience. It is through the lens of this experience that I process the world around me, acknowledging specific facets of my identity: gay, cisgender, caucasian, Irish-American, lapsed-Catholic. And in so processing, I aim to make performance that speaks to a broad audience about universal topics: coming of age, institutional injustice, the politics of being oneself.
In addition to producing, performing, and touring my solo dance repertory, I am involved with several exciting projects. Dancing with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM), I work to advance the PDM mission of cultivating dance/arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. Along with Maggie Cee, I co-produce Dancing Queerly: a month-long queer dance festival of workshops, mixers, panel discussions, and performances. Through my program Steps in Time, I bring social ballroom dancing to senior, elder, and memory care communities throughout Greater Boston.