When I read literature and languages at Oxford, I found myself immersed in Socratic tradition. I value the cooperative essence of Socratic discussion in my work as a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. In sharing information as a teacher, I encourage participants to share their own expertise and experience. When we all bring what we know to the learning environment, the learning comes from and goes to a different, deeper place.
I no longer teach medieval literature and languages. I now offer lectures, seminars and classes on disability, race, and dance. I enjoy visiting classrooms by SKYPE and in person, and I love configuring my online work for classroom situations.
I am endlessly curious about the relationship of movement and impairment. As a facilitator, I look for places to share specific knowledge about dancing in a wheelchair and about the art form of physically integrated dance. I believe that disabled dancers should have the opportunity to train as rigorously as other dancers in every form and styles of dance. I also know that we have to train in and into our own bodies and minds. We cannot keep re-inventing the wheel in isolated studios around the world. I seek conversation, connection and community.