My work emphasizes the movement that arises from my particular physicality and from my curiosity about line, form, and dance craft. I am passionate about virtuosity, strength, simplicity, and beauty. I am drawn to the moments when my personal aesthetics collide with societal and cultural norms.
My first dance class was a six week workshop with AXIS Dance Company. From there, I trained in ballet and modern with Kitty Lunn of Infinity Dance Theater. I made my performance debut with Infinity and returned to the Bay Area to accept an apprenticeship with AXIS. I was a core member and teaching artist with AXIS for almost six years; I left in 2012 to take new risks by exploring life as an independent dancer. Because there are so few of us working professionally in the United States, I was not sure that I could have a rich and fulfilling career outside one of the major integrated companies. I did not know what I could do or what my options were. Since then, I have worked with Ballet Cymru, GDance, and Marc Brew Company in the United Kingdom. In the United States, I have participated in projects with Marjani Forté, MBDance, Infinity Dance Theater, and Steve Paxton. I have even been able to dance as a guest artist with AXIS Dance Company, Full Radius Dance Company, and MOMENTA Dance Company.
I dance in pieces that explicitly question what we think we know about disability, dance, and the body. I also perform in pieces that address disability only by dint of my presence. I move in my wheelchair, without assistive technologies on the floor, and with my crutches and wheelchair together. Each of these modalities provides a new movement language, a new technique, and a distinct path to virtuosity. But they are each also a pure embodiment—a metamorphosis into a body with its own integrity and unique capacity for dance.