Dancing for me is a transformative, transgressive and gravitational force for self-awareness, historiography, political change and social connectivity. I love dance in everyday and spectacular ways and in various spaces, from the street to the sea, in studios and on the screen. I value collaboration, imagination and mindfulness as life skills for creating a better world.
I earned a BA in Dance and Literature at UMASS Amherst, and an equivalent degree in Experimental Dance at the European Dance Development Center (The Netherlands). I completed my PhD In Critical Dance Studies at UC Riverside. In 2016, I completed a 4-year certification in The Feldenkrais Method at The Feldenkrais Institute in San Diego. I discovered “dance” on a community playground and then trained formally in jazz, modern dance and ballet. My focus for the last several decades has been on somatics, perceptual improvisation, contact improvisation, performance and cultural theory.
Since 2001, I have been cultivating Dance Studies at CSUSM.
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