I studied at Reed College and the London Contemporary Dance School before graduating from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Magna Cum Laude. I teach dance and yoga in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, the Gage Academy of Art and at UPrep, an independent Middle and Upper School where I have been a member of the Fine Arts Department faculty for 12 years.
At UPrep I recently designed Art Lab, an immersive 3-week course exploring the creative process through dance, theater, visual art, writing and mindfulness for students in grades 7 and 8. In January of 2020 I developed and co-taught an interdisciplinary course in collaboration with the Colegio San Jose school in Barranquilla, Colombia exploring culture, dance and identity for students in grades 10-12. Last April I travelled with UPrep's Global Programs department to Gabarone, Botswana where I co-led a cultural exchange program for teenagers including camping in Chobe National Park, learning marimba at the Maru-A-Pula School and experiencing one of the 7 wonders of the world, Mosi-oa-Tunya or Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe. Additional teaching highlights include teaching creative movement and dance to students PreK- grade 5 at the Bertschi School, leading yoga classes for the Dance This! program with the Seattle Theater Group, choreographing for the Youth Theater Northwest, leading Yoga Club at FRED, and multiple Artist-in-Residencies for the Campbell County School District in Gillette, WY and the Des Moines Elementary School in Des Moines, WA.
As a performer, in the early 2000's, I achieved local notoriety as Debbie Dazzle in the Seattle guerrilla performance art duo FANKICK! Our duo was named one of the "65 Best Ways To Love Our City" by Seattle Metropolitan magazine. "...these two women remind us that dance can happen anywhere, anytime and be just as uplifting when your tongue is firmly in your cheek." -Seattle Metroplitan. FANKICK! often appeared dancing on the city streets in ephemeral art pieces. "Once the weather gets warm, the strains of David Bowie floating out of FANKICK!'s soundsystem may seduce you around a street corner." -Marcie Sillman, KUOW. The Stranger produced "The Dance Battle of the Century" featuring FANKICK! vs. Streetbeat in a memorable dance off event at Westlake Center with 1000's of onlooking fans."Despite a stunning secret weapon deployed by FANKICK!--an instantly assembled army of two dozen backup dancers grooving in unison to "She Works Hard for the Money"--the tie-breaking Scream-O-Meter® favored, by the slimmest of shrieking margins Streetbeat..." -The Stranger(Read more about it.) FANKICK! was commissioned by Microsoft, the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, the Wexley School for Girls and the Capitol Hill Block Party. "...these two fabulous young ladies are armed with massive amounts of energy and neon-colored attire so they can dance their way into your hearts." -The Stranger. In Seattle we performed at Velocity Dance Center, Neumos, Chop Suey, Mo Pop, the Olympic Sculpture Park, Pike Place Market and more. FANKICK! "took the beats to the streets" and danced in two special tours to Las Vegas and New York City. I have worked with many artists and choreographers over the last two decades. I toured with Mark Haim Dance Theater's piece 'This Land Is Your Land' which was named "one of the most influential works in the past 15 years." -Dance Magazine. I have performed both nationally and internationally at the Southern Theater (MN), PICA's TBA Festival (OR), the Myrna Loy Center (MT), Dance Theater Workshop (NY), the Joyce Theater (NY), American Dance Festival at Duke University (NC), the Consumer Electronic Showcase (NV), Colegio San Jose (Barranquilla, Colombia) and in the ArtDanThe Festival (Paris, France). I choreographed and was a featured performer in 'Transition,' an absurd mix of stereophonic effects, live video, geometric movement and improvisation created by comedian/musician Reggie Watts and playwright/director Tommy Smith performed at On The Boards in Seattle. I have also danced with the Seattle Opera, Pat Graney Company, SOM Performance, Amy O'Neal, Greg Thompson Productions, Crispin Spaeth Dance Group, LeGendre Performance, Scott Powell Performance, Deborah Wolf, Fae Rose Phalen, Rainbow Fletcher, the Castaways, Hypernova Contemporary Dance Company, Randy Phillips, Diana Cardiff, Sara Jinx, Andrew Schneider and more.
I was featured in two Macklemore & Ryan Lewis music videos 'And We Danced' and 'Thrift Shop.' Other film work includes Karn Junkinsmith's 'Night Falls on Jack and Cleo,' Vockah Redu's 'Fantahsea,' Kris Orlowski's 'Pieces We Are,' and the Wimps' 'Dump.' I have performed live with a few bands including the Art Martyrs Relief Society, the Young Evils and Vockah Redu & the Cru.
I completed Shiva Rea's Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher Training at the Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in 2007 and continue to study with Kathleen Hunt of Samadhi Yoga. In 2018 I received a Recharge Grant from UPrep to travel to Rishikesh, Dharamasala and Varanasi India where I studied with Mittra Rawat and at the Sheev Yoga Peeth and Vishnu Yoga Shala. I am also influenced by ongoing studies with Gina Sala, Dharma Mittra, Andrey Lappa, Seane Corne, Sharon Gannon, Kino MacGregor and Gary Kraftstow. In my personal practice I explore a variety of traditions from Vinyasa and Ashtanga to Yin and Mindfulness Meditation.
When not teaching, dancing or practicing yoga, I spend as much time as possible in the sun at the beach!