My work as an artist is built around the empowering experience of creating movement, sharing stories, building connections, and using the body as an instrument of power and expression. I am committed to making compelling works of performance art that engage, inspire and transform audience and performers alike.
My desire to dance began at a very early age. At five years old I decided this dance thing, was what I was going to do. When I am moving, flying, hurling my body through space I feel whole - everything about who I am magically falls into place and the world makes some kind of sense. I have this same feeling when I teach. I love helping people conquer a physical feat they decided was impossible. When I started out, I had no idea that being a teacher and a trainer would become such a big part of my life; but witnessing people discovering their own courage and the intelligence of their bodies is a daily gift that never gets old.
I have learned lots of unexpected things along the way. As I grew as a dancer and a performer, studying under incredible directors, I discovered I was also a choreographer. I began to have a voice as a artist. My intention is to make work that engages self-reflection, both of myself and of my audience. I want my audience to intensely experience both their thinking selves and their emotional selves at the same time, and how the complexity of that unique ability makes us all brilliantly, tragically human. As the Artistic Director / Choreographer of KAIROS Dance Theater (since 2005) I have developed a commitment to cultural competency. I strive to utilize art as a threshold to speak to social issues and work towards rewriting culturally defined narratives. I bring together artists from all disciplines to collaborate on expressing ideas in innovative ways. Often these ideas are centered around women’s stories and experiences, offering audiences a narrative journey that weaves together powerful images that demonstrate the varied and powerful pathways that women walk as they relate to each other and their world.
I am fortunate to have made a career out of the thing that I love. Over the past two decades I have performed throughout the United States and India in venues including horse arenas, art installations, convention centers, office buildings, board rooms, playgrounds, shopping malls, churches, museums, sidewalks, parking lots, living rooms, lounges, night clubs, and theaters of all shapes and sizes.
I have danced, climbed, hurdled, hydroplaned, hovered, and flown in the most unlikely places and spaces: inside the 3-story "New Balance" jungle gym in the lobby of Boston’s Children’s Museum; on a floating bridge in the middle of Lake Hibiscus at Forest Hills Cemetery; on a rope ladder suspended 16-feet above Somerville's Davis Square train-station; on a rope-net suspended 40-feet over the Nevada desert at the Burning Man Festival; on 4-foot stilts, that made me 9-feet tall, in Boston's Historic Cyclorama; and amongst butterflies and frogs inside a condemned, open-air theater in the tropical jungles of Kerala, India. I have run, leaped and laid down with horses. I have floated down from trees, skittered across monkey-bars, slid over pools of clay and jumped into water fountains for audiences numbering from ten to four-thousand. I have performed with Chinese fans, Wushu spears, platform shoes, cows, plants, buckets, bathtubs, batiks, brilliant people and underpriveleged children across the globe.