Who or what are you?! I am a woman who wears many hats. I am an aspiring choreographer/dance artist, an amateur photographer, blog writer, graphic designer, and one-hell-of-a-bartender. On top of all of that, I am also a wife, and a proud stepmom to the sassiest (in the best possible way) 9-year-old you could ever meet.
Top three loves outside of dance. Go! 1. My cats (Toots and Waffles) 2. My incredibly supportive husband, stepdaughter and family 3. Anything where I can feel creative (cooking, painting, writing, etc.)
Write one sentence about who you are as a choreographer. When it comes to choreography, I tend to work collaboratively with my dancers to create work that combines my interests in the gestural simplicity of post-modernism and the trusting nature of improvisational partner work.
Tell me about the dancers in your piece. My dancers in this piece are some of my very best friends in Seattle. I have worked with all of them on previous projects and they consistently bring creativity, authenticity, and a willingness to try just about anything to rehearsal and performance, plus we have a lot of fun too! I am so ecstatic to being working with such a hardworking group of talented dancers.
What are your favorite things about making art in the Seattle dance scene? My favorite thing about making art in Seattle is how welcoming everyone in the community has been. As a transplant, I was pleasantly surprised to see how people make a genuine effort to support one another and the creation of new works, as well as the fact that there's a broad range of opportunities to do so.
Briefly describe your process for making this dance. My process for this piece has been all trial and error. I tend to get these crazy ideas in my head that defy the laws of physics. I had to find a way to create the same effect without asking my dancers to perform feats beyond human capability. I spent many hours reflecting on what it means to support yourself as an artist and the sacrifices that need to be made from both artistic and financial fronts. This work is an expression of how easy it is to get stuck in the monotony of everyday life and forget what matters most to you, whatever that may be.
What lessons did you learn from the last dance you made that you've taken with you into this current process? The biggest lesson I learned in making my last work is to take risks and to not be afraid to bring crazy ideas to the table. It's amazing what kind of material can be generated by one or two crazy ideas. Whether it's daredevil partnering or the simplest hand gesture, it can add so much depth to a piece and challenge you to create outside of the box.
What's your coffee order? Peppermint Mocha! It's like Christmas in a cup.
What artists/troupes are inspiring you right now? The Three Yells is my biggest inspiration currently. I really love the composition of this group's works; the way Veronica Lee-Baik balances athletic and abstract gestural movement.
Also, I am forever inspired by my friends and mentors at Relay Dance Collective. I have learned so much about the dance community and life in general from these amazing women, and I am so grateful for all the opportunities they have given me, including creating my first work to be presented in Seattle!
What's the biggest challenge you face as a dancer/choreographer? The biggest challenge I face as an artist is keeping my material unique and abstract while still being able to appeal to a broader audience. I think it's really important to create work that can be palatable to audience members of all walks of life in order to bring more people into the dance community. With that said, it is also important to me to challenge the idea that dance has to be a narrative in order for that to be achieved. I often struggle with finding the balance between these in my works, meaning.
What are your goals for yourself? My biggest artistic goal is to create and produce my first evening-length work which I plan to rework into a film project .
What else have you been working on lately? In addition to choreographing for Relay Dance Collective's Season 6 Kickoff, I will also be performing works by Paula J. Peters and an excerpt of Hailey Burt's new work with Inlay Dance, which will also be performed at Inlay Dance Presents: Foundation. I have also been working on creating a blog about my experiences as an artist and the stresses of managing work, life, and art.
What's next for you? What's next for me is to continue on the path I'm on; keep creating and expanding my artistic voice in both choreography and performance.