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Private View: Everything is connected (2019)
Right out of school I toured China with Jerry Pearson's Santa Barbara Dance Theater. After visiting New York City in 2008, I was asked to perform with David Dorfman Dance in Weather Underground at Lincoln Center Out of Doors. David was an adjudicator at ACDF Montana and an important mentor for me when I transitioned to the city. Performing with him gave me the confidence to make the move. I met so many people and was able to find my feet pretty quickly.
My first job in New York was a national tour with Hudson Vagabond Puppets, a children's theater company. Simultaneously, through a work study agreement, I was able to train daily with the unparalleled Christine Wright. I auditioned for countless dance projects and finally landed work with Bronwen MacArthur and Bryan Senti in From the Margins, This, Unmentioned (2009).
I auditioned for Shen Wei Dance Arts and was asked to apprentice in the Fall of 2009 and then again in the Summer and Fall of 2010. After a tour to Berlin in December of 2010, I started officially dancing with the company. Since that time I have toured the world performing in some of the biggest dance festivals in the most prestigious opera houses. Highlights include Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Howard Gillman at BAM, NY City Center, The Park Avenue Armory, "The Egg" - NCPA in Beijing, Palais des Festival de Cannes, Tel Aviv Opera House and Theatro Municipal do Rio De Janiero. I have been lucky enough to perform Shen Wei's signature pieces Rite of Spring, Folding, Near the Terrace, Map, Connect Transfer and Re-Tryptic. I was part of the creation of Undivided/Divided, Collective Measures and Untitled 0-12. For Shen Wei's most recent work Neither, I was able to work directly with Shen Wei creating movement and assisting in company rehearsals throughout the development of the piece. In 2016 I was asked to be the Education Director and the Company Manager in addition to dancing with the company. I currently work with Shen Wei on projects and performances as his work transitions to include more of his paintings and gallery openings.
Last year I performed with Christopher Williams Dance in Wolf-in-Skins in NYC and Philadelphia as well as with Glitter Kitty Productions at Green Space and Theater For the New City. I'm in the process of making a new work with choreographer Tonia Shimin called Walk with Modigliani. Soon I hope to perform the piece in NYC and abroad.
University of California, Santa Barbara
B.F.A in Dance
B.A. in Chemistry with Distinction
Awards: Daniel G. Aldrich Outstanding Student for the class of 2007
Trained with Nancy Colahan, Tonia Shimin, Stephanie Nugent, Christopher Pilafian, and Valerie Houston. Performed Jane Dudley's Harmonica Breakdown with the Senior Company 2007.
Black, White and Gray - Art Basel Miami CCTV-America
Map - Judson Church SWDA 2014
Neither - In Process Rehearsal DTH 2016
Black White and Grey - Art Basel, Miami BBC 2014
Dance Strokes - Art Basel, Hong Kong Asia Society 2016
Neither - Purchase College Sinovision 2017
Site Specific Re-II - Berlin, Germany 2010
Neither at ADF Byron Wooks Indy Weekly 2018
Neither Review Anna Kisselgoff Ballet 2000
Neither at BAM New York Times 2016
Making Art Move Dance Magazine 2015
Rite of Spring - Lincoln Center with PTAMD New York Times 2015
MAP - Celebrate Brooklyn New York Times 2014
Undivided/Divided - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts SF Gate 2013
Undivided/Divided - Kennedy Center Washington Post 2013
Shen Wei Dance Arts : Park Avenue Armory New York Times 2011
Still Moving at the Metropolitan Museum NYC Vogue Italia 2011
Still Moving at the Metropolitan Museum NYC WSJ
The Studio of Dance Arts under the direction of Jane Morgan.
California State Summer School of the Arts (CSSSA) - Governors Arts Scholar 1999
Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC 2000
Lines Ballet Summer Program 2001
Side Note: One of my favorite moments on tour so far was when Christina Muti called me "Petrushka" after a performance of Near the Terrace and Rite of Spring at the Ravenna Festival,