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Education

  • 2016-2018 Mills College – MFA in Dance Studies – Oakland, CA
  • 2006-2010 Dominican University of CA – Alonzo King LINES Ballet BFA Program Inaugural Class, Biology Minor, Honors Program – San Rafael, CA
  • 2002-2006 Watchung Hills Regional High School – Warren, NJ

Dance Training:

  • 2014-2015, 2011 Batsheva Dance Company – Tel Aviv, Israel
  • 2009 San Francisco Conservatory of Dance
  • 2005 The Juilliard School
  • 2004 Boston Ballet
  • 2003 Virginia School of the Arts
  • 2002-2006 American Repertory Ballet’s Princeton Ballet School
  • 1995-2002 Gotta Dance

Related Training:

  • 2010-2019 GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Certifications and Updates

Professional Dance Experience:

  • 2017-Present James Graham Dance Theatre – The Grass is Sleeping (2019) & Alpha Mouse (2017) – San Francisco, CA.
  • 2017-2018 Marin Ballet – The Nutcracker – Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium – San Rafael, CA.
  • 2013-Present Inside Out Contemporary Ballet – San Rafael, CA.
  • May 2016 Ars Minerva – Artistic Director: Celine Ricci, Choreographer: Muriel Maffre – The Amazons in the Fortunate Isles – San Francisco, CA.
  • 2011 Garrett/Moulton Productions – The Experience of Flight in Dreams – San Francisco, CA.
  • 2010 Oakland Ballet – The Nutcracker– Oakland, CA.
  • 2009 Dawson Dance SF – San Francisco, CA.
  • 2003-2005 American Repertory Ballet – Princeton, NJ.

Honors and Awards:

  • 2020 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from Dominican University of CA
  • 2018 E.L. Wiegand Foundation Dance Department Teaching Award from Mills College
  • 2016 Lenaea Theater Festival – Outstanding Original Script, Ensemble Excellence, and Bronze Award for Best One Act Play
  • September 2016 Take 5 Audience Select Winner – ODC Theater
  • 2014-2015 Fulbright Post-Graduate Student Fellowship to Israel
  • Fall 2014 Ca$h Grant Recipient, Theatre Bay Area
  • 2013 Audience Select Award for New Ground Dance Theatre’s Emerging Artists Dance Showcase
  • 2006-2010 Trustee Merit Scholarship to Dominican University of California
  • 2004 Merit Scholarship to Boston Ballet

Academic Employment:

  • 2019-2020 Southern Utah University – Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Dance – Classes Taught: Dance History I, Dance Ensemble, Ballet III-VI, Jazz I – Further Responsibilities: ACDA Fundraising and Trip Planning, Student Advising, Student Choreography Mentor – Cedar City, UT.
  • 2017-2018 Mills College – Graduate Assistant Professor – Classes Taught: Elementary Ballet (for three semesters) Oakland, CA.
  • 2014-2015 Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance – Visiting Professor – Classes Taught: Ballet Technique, GYROKINESIS® Instructor, & Ensemble Choreographer – Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 2010-2014 Dominican University of CA – Teacher’s Assistant – Class Assisted: Dance/Religion 3001: Dance and Spiritual Expression – Rhythmic Bodily Movement and the Religious Life – San Rafael, CA.

Teaching Experience:

  • 2011-Present Marin Ballet – Faculty: Contemporary Dance Program Director, Composition, Improvisation, Choreographer, Open Division Ballet Technique – San Rafael, CA.
  • 2012-Present Redwood High School Drama Department – Guest Artist, Director of Original Student Works in Physical Theater – Larkspur, CA.
  • 2018-2019 Ruth Asawa School of the Arts – Guest Artist: Ballet Technique, Choreographer – San Francisco, CA.
  • 2017-2019 Stapleton School of Performing Arts – Faculty: Ballet Technique, Contemporary Dance, Choreographer – San Anselmo, CA.
  • 2017- 2019 The Bay Club – GYROKINESIS® Instructor – Corte Madera, CA.
  • 2012-2018 Roco Dance and Fitness – Faculty: Ballet Technique, Pointe, Contemporary Dance, Choreographer – Mill Valley, Fairfax, CA.
  • 2017 Just Dance Academy – Guest Faculty: Contemporary Dance, Choreographer – San Rafael, CA.
  • 2016-2017 Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School – Guest Artist, Ballet Program Director, Choreographer – Novato, CA.
  • 2012-2016 Miss Sara’s Ballet School – Faculty: Ballet Technique, Choreographer – Ross, CA.
  • 2015 Steps Studio in Kfar Saba – Visiting Artist: Ballet Technique – Kfar Saba, Israel.
  • 2012-2014 Dominican University of CA/Albert J. Boro Community Center – Dance Club Coordinator – San Rafael, CA.
  • 2012-2014 Young Imaginations – Educator: Multicultural Music and Dance for underserved children K-5 in the Public School System – San Rafael, Ignacio, Novato, CA.
  • 2009-2014 The Spiral Studio at Harbor Point – GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Instructor – Mill Valley, CA.

Independent Projects:

  • October 2020: An Exit, A Return – Inside Out Contemporary Ballet – collaboration with Linda Steele II – Marin Headlands. Sausalito, CA.
  • September/November 2016: Boxing – Inside Out Contemporary Ballet – Collaboration with beat boxer Roy Matz – ODC Theater/College of Marin. San Francisco/Kentfield, CA.
  • October 3, 10-11 2015: If I Were You – Project Israel– Inside Out Contemporary Ballet – Collaboration with musician Ben Juodvalkis and set designer Lisa Boling Huntsman – ODC Commons in San Francisco and Angelico Concert Hall in San Rafael, CA.
  • February 22-23, 2014: If I Were You – Project Marin– Inside Out Contemporary Ballet – Collaboration with set designer Lisa Boling Holloway – Phyllis Thelen Theater. San Rafael, CA.
  • August 2, 2013: Tungli – Inside Out Contemporary Ballet – NDNU Theatre. Belmont, CA.
  • February 24, 2013: Dance Anyway– Inside Out Contemporary Ballet Premiere – Collaboration with slam poet Jewel Mathieson – Phyllis Thelen Theater. San Rafael, CA.

Choreographic Commissions:

  • February 2020: Homage to the Suffragettes – Lake Mountain Middle School and the St. George Dance Company – Saratoga Springs and St. George, UT.
  • February 2020: Cold Feet – Southern Utah University Faculty Concert – Cedar City, UT.
  • November 2018: Ever Onward – Marin Ballet Open Division Choreographic Workshop – San Rafael, CA.
  • May 2018: Cirque de Oops! – Inside Out Contemporary Ballet – Mills College. Oakland, CA.
  • November 2019: Flock – Riverton High School – Riverton, UT.
  • June 2019: One Up – Stapleton School of Performing Arts – San Anselmo Playhouse. San Anselmo, CA.
  • June 2019: Playing for Keeps – Stapleton School of Performing Arts – San Anselmo Playhouse. San Anselmo, CA.
  • June 2019: And The Truth Shall Make You Odd – Senior Solo for Dominican University of CA – Angelico Concert Hall. San Rafael, CA.
  • June 2019: Over There – Audition solo for Charlotte Hee, Marin Ballet – Phyllis Thelen Theater.
  • June 2019: Christina – Audition Solo for Christina Hanf, Marin Ballet – Phyllis Thelen Theater. San Rafael, CA.
  • May 2019: Appendage – Ruth Asawa School of the Arts – Cowell Theater. San Francisco, CA.
  • April 2019: Brick by Brick – Marin Ballet – Phyllis Thelen Theater. San Rafael, CA.
  • July 2018: Cabaret – The Refuge Theater – Z Space. San Francisco, CA.
  • February 2018: Roots and Rebellions and Individually Together– Marin Ballet and the Regional Dance America Festival – Phyllis Thelen Theater. San Rafael, CA.
  • September 2017: In Grace – Senior Solo for Dominican University of CA – Angelico Concert Hall. San Rafael, CA.
  • April 2017: Skipped Beats – Marin Ballet – Phyllis Thelen Theater. San Rafael, CA.
  • February 2017: The Secret Life of Emojis – Redwood High School Drama Department and the Lenaea Theater Festival – Redwood High School. Larkspur, CA.
  • March 10, 2016: The Plight of the Lonely Heart – Marin Ballet and the Regional Dance America Festival – Phyllis Thelen Theater. San Rafael, CA.
  • March 12, 2016: Shadow Aspect – Marin School of the Arts – Novato, CA.
  • February 5, 2016: Eye of the Dreamer– Redwood High School Drama Department and the Lenaea Theater Festival – Redwood High School. Larkspur, CA.
  • January 30, 2016: The Journey– The Branson School – Ross, CA.
  • February 5, 2015: Invisible Tree– Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance Collaboration with composer/musician Lilliana and Andres Carrizo – Machsan 2 Theater. Tel Aviv, Israel.
  • April 2014: Steal the Show (A.K.A. Be-YOU-tiful)and Remembering – Marin Ballet – Phyllis Thelen Theater. San Rafael, CA.
  • October 5, 2013: The Shadow of a Doubt – Inside Out Contemporary Ballet – 22nd Annual West Wave Dance Festival – Collaboration with interactive lighting designer Mark Janes – ODC Commons. San Francisco, CA.
  • May 2013: Nothing Left to Lose – Alonzo King LINES Ballet B.F.A. Program with Dominican University of CA – Senior Solo for Stephanie Stevens – Angelico Concert Hall. San Rafael, CA.
  • March 2013: Twin Flames and Change– Marin Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Celebration – Phyllis Thelen Theater. San Rafael, CA.
  • April 27-29, 2012: Twenty-Six– Marin School of the Arts – Novato High School. Novato, CA.
  • May 2012: Becoming Honest – Marin Ballet – Phyllis Thelen Theater. San Rafael, CA.
  • May 2012: White Crow– Geistdanz One Festival – Phyllis Thelen Theater. San Rafael, CA.
  • October 2, 2010: Step Inside– Live performance with Shpongle – The Warfield Theater. San Francisco, CA.

Screendance Commissions:

  • June 2019: A Gallery View – Independent project produced by Oscar award winner Bruce Nicholson – Pepperwood Preserve. Santa Rosa, CA –  Won Best Short Film at the Atlanta Film Festival 2020.
  • June 2018: Primavera – Independent project produced by Bruce Nicholson – Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA – Official Selection Rome Film Awards 2019, Won Best Dance Film at the Euro Film Festival Geneva 2020, Won Best Dance Film Austria International Film Festival 2020.
  • July 2017: Dream Arabesque – Independent project produced by Bruce Nicholson – Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA – Won Best Music Video at the Madrid Art Film Festival 2020, Official Selection Festival International Cannes 2019, Won Best Music Video Reykjavik Visions Film Festival 2020, Won Best Music Video San Francisco Film Festival 2020.
  • January 2017: A Dancer’s Journey Through the Holy Land – Documentary produced by Bruce Nicholson – Premiered at 32TEN Studios, San Rafael, CA – Won Best Documentary Short at Cinema New York City 2019, Best Documentary Short at the World Film Fair 2019, Official Selection at the Washington Film Festival 2019.

Special Project Commissions:

  • April 2020: National Water Dance Project – Zion National Park, UT
  • September 2017-Present: Project Pulse: A Dance Research Experience– in collaboration with The Pine Street Clinic in San Anselmo, CA. I was hired to design and lead workshops to teach practitioners and students of Traditional Chinese Medicine to take pulses with increased sensitivity and accuracy by way of a choreographed dance experience.

Guest Artist Performances:

  • November 2020: Boxing – Emergence Dance Festival – Online Streaming Event.
  • November 2016: Boxing – College of Marin Fall Showcase – Kentfield, CA.
  • September 2016: If I Were You – Project Israel Excerpt – PUSHfest – ODC Theater. San Francisco, CA.
  • April 2016: If I Were You – Project Israel Excerpt – College of Marin Spring Showcase – Kentfield, CA.
  • 2014:Tungli– Inside Out Contemporary Ballet – Artistic Director: Casey Lee Thorne – sjDANCEco ChoreoProject Awards Concert, San Jose, CA.
  • August 2014: If I Were You – Project Marin Excerpt – New Ground Theater Company – NDNU Theatre. Belmont, CA.
  • April 2014: If I Were You – Project Marin Excerpt – College of Marin Spring Showcase – Kentfield, CA.
  • April 2013: Dance Anyway Excerpt – College of Marin Spring Showcase – Kentfield, CA.
  • October 2010: Step Inside – Shpongle Concert – The Warfield – San Francisco, CA.

Adjudication Experience:

  • October 2019: Dance Adjudicator for the High School Shakespeare Festival – Cedar City, UT.

Stage Crew Experience:

  • June 2017: Last Blue Couch in the Sky– 20thAnniversay of Epiphany Productions, Artistic Director: Kim Epifano – The Forum at Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, CA.

Guest Lectures:

  • October 2018: Dominican University of CA – Practicing Choice: Progressive Pedagogy in Contemporary Ballet Training – San Rafael, CA.
  • May 2016: Marin School of the Arts – Ballet History: France and the Classical Origins of Ballet – Novato, CA.
  • February 2016: Peninsula Jewish Community Center – If I Were You: Dancers Across Borders– Foster City, CA.
  • November 2015: Jewish Learning Works – If I Were You: Dancers Across Borders– San Francisco, CA.
  • November 2015: Osher Marin Jewish Community Center – If I Were You: Dancers Across Borders– Terra Linda, CA.
  • October 2015: Jewish Community High School of the Bay – If I Were You: Dancers Across Borders– San Francisco, CA.
  • March 2015: Fulbright Regional Conference, Middle East/North Africa – If I Were You: Project Israel – Amman, Jordan.
  • October 2014: Dominican University of CA: Shaking in Israel; Gaga and the Activation of the Religious Imagination– San Rafael, CA.
  • November 2012/2013: Dominican University of CA: Martha Graham: Blood Memory– San Rafael, CA.
  • November 2012/2013:Dominican University of CA: Isadora Duncan: Making Waves– San Rafael, CA
  • November 2012/2013: Dominican University of CA: Greek Tragedy: Apollinian vs. Dionysian Dialogues– San Rafael, CA.
  • October 2012/2013: Dominican University of CA: Nietzsche’s Dancers: Introduction– San Rafael, CA.
  • October 2012/2013: Dominican University of CA: Ruth St. Denis: Passionate Madonna– San Rafael, CA.
  • October 2012/2013: Dominican University of CA: Putting One’s Foot on a Great Paradox of Life: Bodily Becoming Involves a Whole Lot of Waiting– San Rafael, CA.
  • September 2012/2013: Dominican University of CA: India’s Odissi Tradition: Ritual Dance for Fertility– San Rafael, CA.
  • September 2012/2013: Dominican University of CA: Movement As Mediator of Meaning: Macumba-Christianity – San Rafael, CA.
  • September 2012/2013: Dominican University of CA: Becoming Honest: A Look Inside the Creative Process–San Rafael, CA.
  • September 2011:Dominican University of CA: Gaga– San Rafael, CA.
  • December 2010:Dominican University of CA:Finding Wisdom in Desire– San Rafael, CA.

Languages:

  • Intermediate Spanish
  • Beginner Hebrew

References:

  • Dr. Gay Lynch – Associate Professor, Religion and Philosophy – Dominican University of CA: (415) 482-3542, 
gay.lynch@dominican.edu
  • Dr. Kimerer LaMothe – Dancer, Philosopher, Author, Scholar of Religion: kimerer@vitalartsmedia.com
  • Cynthia Lucas – Artistic Director of Marin Ballet: (415) 971-5071, clucas@marinballet.org
  • Christina Johnson, MFA – Dancer, Faculty at Marin Ballet: (420)-8124, christinajohnson208@gmail.com
  • James Graham, MFA – Adjunct Professor, Dance – Dominican University of CA: (614) 257-7504, jamesness78@yahoo.com

Research Interests:

Dance as Social Practice, Culturally Relevant Teaching, Dance Activism, Progressive Pedagogy, Contemporary Dance Practices, Contemporary Ballet, Gaga, Physical Theater, Improvisation, Jazz, Screendance, Feminism, Queer Dance