EDUCATION:

2013    MFA in Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2009   BFA in Dance, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis  

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES:
2013    Choreographic residency, Mongolian University of Arts and Culture, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. 
2013    Ranked as Excellent on Spring Directory of Teachers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2012    Pat Knowles Travel Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2012    Ranked as Excellent on Fall and Spring Directory of Teachers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.    
2011    Artist Residency, Earthdance, Plainsfield, MA. 
2011    Ranked as Excellent on Fall and Spring Directory of Teachers, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.          
2010    Teaching/Choreographic residency, St. Paul Conservatory of Performing Artists, St. Paul, MN.
2010    Teaching Residency, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
2007    Teaching Residency, Luther College, Decorah, IA.
2007    Yearlong Choreographic Residency, Studio Current, Seattle, WA.
2007    Artist Grant awarded to Quartet for Your Right Here, 4culture, Seattle, WA. 

CERTIFICATION:
2010    Graduate Teaching Certificate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
2005   Massage Therapist Certification, LMP, Brenneke Massage School, Seattle, WA.
2003    Yoga Alliance Certification. Samadhi Yoga, Seattle, WA.

CONFERENCES:
2013    Panelist. “The Body as a Medium of Inquriy: Two Dance Performance.”  Qualitative Inquiry Congress, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

CHOREOGRAPHIC WORKS:
2013    Mistaken: 15-min trio repeated three times individually dissolving structure and timing. Gobi Desert, Mongolia.
2013    FOR(ever): 20-minute work incorporating projections for five performers to explore the unfixed     terrain of human relationships. Krannert Center of the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL
2012    The Air Here is Familiar: 35-minute duet incorporating an architectural structure to represent the unreliable nature of human memory. Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, MN
2012    DRAWN: 20-minute work where seven performers physically manipulate a 7 x 6 ft. mobile folding wall to mirror the unpredictable nature of human relationships. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts,     Urbana, IL
2012    Found: 5-minute duet performed by untrained male dancers exploring intimacy and humor. Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL
2011    The Great Forgetting: 5-minute solo incorporating canvas, tape and text to examine the confinement of lived history in the body and environment. Lala Gallery, Lafayette, IN
2011    Face-off: 20-minute duet exploring notions of safety and risk, in collaboration with Tim O’Donnell. Arizona State Art Museum, Tempe, AZ
2010    Within This Field: 25-minute work simultaneously interlaying three separate dances upon one another within a shifting and collapsible field. This work was in collaboration with Renee Archibald and Kathleen Kelley. Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
2010    Site of Impact: 30-minute work investigating performance as a site for research. Art of This Gallery Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
2010    True North/Big Ugly: 15-minute duet inhabiting an environment of narrow escape and colliding forms. Saw ToothTheater, San Francisco, CA; Red Eye Theater, Minneapolis, MN
2010    Profile: Evening-length quartet exploring the ever-changing trope of identity and influence. Bryant   Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, MN
2009    The Evolution of Story: 20-minute duet involving set choreography, improvisation and text to elicit   a dream-like state of the performers’ shifted reality. Velocity Dance Center, Seattle, WA
2009    Tethered: 20-minute contact improvisation duet. SEEDS Festival. Earthdance, Plainsfield, MA
2008    The Evolution of Story: Zenon School of Dance, The Walker Art Center, Patrick’s Cabaret. Minneapolis, MN
2008    Clumsy Primates: 10-minute contact improvisation trio exploring the obsession of physical objects. Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, MN
2008    Up Close Fade Away: 25-minute site-specific improvisational performance exploring witnessing and memory. CI 36, Huntingdon, PA. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2008     And This Too Shall Pass: 20-minute duet using song as a method for self-isolation and bridging   unseen commonalities between strangers. The Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, MN; Luther College, Decorah, IA; The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
2007    And This Too Shall Pass:  Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Minneapolis, MN

 UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
Introduction to Dance, Department of Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, August 2012-December 2012. Lecture and laboratory focusing on the art of dance improvisation. 30 non-majors learned techniques to develop a two-minute improvised solo in addition to teaching another class the principles of improvisation.

Introduction to Dance, Department of Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, January 2012-May 2012. Lecture and laboratory focusing on dance composition and choreographic methodologies. 30 non-majors learned improvisation and choreographic tools to create solos and group pieces.

Floored, Department of Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 2012-April 2012Five-week modern technique designed for dance majors focusing on floor-work such as inversions, sliding, rolling and examining muscle tone to push and pull the floor.

 Modern Partnering, Department of Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 2011-December 2011, March 2013. Modern partnering class working with principles from contact improvisation, Laban Bartenieff Fundamentals and release technique. 25 dance majors learned skills such as sharing weight, lifting and being lifted, inversions, floor-work and tools for making partnering sequences.

Modern Dance Technique, Department of Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 2010-December 2010, August 2011-December 2011. Modern dance technique class where 30 non-majors learned basic skills of modern technique integrating  improvisation and partnering technique.

 Contact Improvisation, Department of Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 2011-May 2011, August 2011- December 2011. Contact improvisation where 30 non-majors learned the basic skills of contact improvisation, such as sharing weight, falling, rolling point of contact and lifting.

 Modern/Improvisation Technique, Department of Theater, Seattle University, WA. January 2006-May 2006. Modern dance and improvisation technique where 15 theater students learned basic movement principles found in contact improvisation, Laban Bartenieff Fundamentals and Release Technique.

WORKSHOPS:
2013     Arizona State University Dance Department, Tempe, AZ. Taught creative practice with Tim O'Donnell for up to 30 students for weeklong residency.
2013    Mongolian University of Art and Culture, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Taught improvisation and modern technique daily for weeklong residency for up to 18 students.
2013    Lawrence University, Lawrence, WI. Taught three modern partnering classes for 20 students.
2012    Cloud Gate Dance Theater, Taipei, Taiwan. Assisted Kirstie Simson in teaching improvisation a modern partnering classes for up to 40 students for two weeks.
2012    Epic Arts Center, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Taught improvisation and contact improvisation classes with Kirstie Simson for mixed- ability students during weeklong residency.
2012    American College Dance Festival Association, Madison, WI. Taught modern partnering class for up to 30 students.
2011     Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, Seattle, WA. Taught two contact improvisation classes for 15 students.
2011    Arizona State University Dance Department, Tempe, AZ. Taught creative practice, contact improvisation and modern partnering daily with Tim O’Donnell for up to 25 students. 
2011    West Coast Contact Festival, Berkeley, CA. Taught contact improvisation class for 35 students.
2011    Ground Research Festival, Earthdance, Plainsfield, MA. Taught three-day contact improvisation festival. 
2010    Ground Research Festival, Earthdance, Plainsfield, MA. Taught three-day contact improvisation intensive. 
2010    West Coast Contact Festival, Berkley, CA. Taught three-day contact improvisation intensive for 25 students.
2010    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Taught modern technique, modern partnering and contact improvisation daily during a weeklong teaching residency for up to 35 students.
2010    Saint Paul Conservatory of Performing Artists, St. Paul, MN. Taught modern technique classes and choreographed a new work for 18 students during a weeklong artist residency.
2010    Apple Valley High School, Apple Valley, MN. Taught daily modern technique and contact improvisation daily during a weeklong teaching residency for up to 20 students.
2008-2010   Zenon Dance School, Minneapolis, MN. Taught a weekly open-level contact improvisation class.
2008-2010   Zenon Dance School, Minneapolis, MN. Taught a weekly modern technique class blended with somatics principles from Skinner Release Technique, Alexander and Laban Bartenieff Fundamentals.
2009   GLACIER, The Christine Center, Willard, WI. A member of the teaching and planning team for the   Midwest’s annual five-day contact improvisation gathering.
2009    Flourish, Spring Valley, MN. Taught modern, improvisation technique, yoga and jazz, and acted as a mentor during this weeklong performance camp for children 13-18yrs for up to 12 students. 
2009   West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival, Berkeley, CA. Taught a contact improvisation class for 30 students.
2009   SEEDS Festival, Earthdance, Hartford, CT. Taught contact improvisation class for 18 students.
2008    Young Dance, Minneapolis, MN. Taught three-day series of contact improvisation and modern partnering technique classes. Member ages ranged between 8–18yrs for up to 8-10 students.
2008    Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN. Taught two contact improvisation intensives for 12 students. 
2008    GLACIER, The Christine Center, Willard, WI. A member of the teaching and planning team for the Midwest's annual five-day contact improvisation gathering. 
2008    Flourish, Spring Valley, MN. Taught modern, improvisation technique, yoga and jazz, and acted as a mentor during weeklong performance camp for children 13-18 for up to 12 students. 
2007     Intercontinental Dance Festival, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Taught performance embodiment master class.
2007    Luther College: Decorah, IA. Taught improvisation and contact technique classes daily during weeklong residency.  
2005    Alaska Dance Theater: Anchorage, AK. Taught modern dance technique and contact improvisation daily during weeklong residency for up to 15 students.

SELECTED PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:
2013    Triptych Journey. Film documentary using dance, text and film as story telling vehicles to explore sacred landscapes in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. Website: triptychjourney.org.
2010    Renee Wadleigh. Sweetness and Danger: February Dance, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Urbana, IL.
2010    Kirstie Simson. The Black Crow Flew Over the Sleeping Dog At Midnight: November Dance, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Urbana, IL.
2009   HERE/NOW. Improvisational evening pairing dancers with composers. Open Flight, Seattle, WA. Dancers: Vanessa DeWolf, Ezra Dickenson, Dustin Haug, Tahni Holt, KT Niehoff, Haruko Nishimura and Alia Swersky. Composers: Angelina Baldoz, Jesse Canterbury, Scott Colburn, Tiny Light, Tiffany Lin, Timm Mason, Monica Schley and Wally Shoup.
2009   The Body Cartography Project. Holiday House: Performed the role of original cast member Karen Sherman. PS122, New York, NY.
2008    Sherry Saterstrom. Looking for a Lift: St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.
2007    Kristen Tsiatios. The Maze Project: Site-specific performance installation. Rem Koolhaus Public Library, Seattle, WA. 
2006    Alia Swersky. Circumscribe: Northwest New Works, On the Boards, Seattle, WA.

COMPANY EXPERIENCE:
2010-2013   Company Member, Compost Q: Improvisational Performance Collective. Peform, compose, and teach music and dance improvisation performance at the Urbana Free Library, The independent Media Center, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana IL; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL; Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL; Columbia College, Chicago, IL; Schuyler Hall, St. Louis, MO; University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
2007-2006   Co-artistic director, Quartet: Modern/Improvisation Dance Company. Repertoire:  Seed: Site-specific duet performed in community gardens. Seattle, WA. Demeanor In Red: Site-specific duet performed at The McLeod Residence Gallery, Seattle, WA. Manners: Duet performed at Freehold Theater, Seattle, WA. Blueprint: Duet performed at On The Boards, Seattle, WA.
2007-2005  Company Member/Collaborator, DeadBird Movement: Modern Dance Company Repertoire: Seneca & 4th: Velocity Theater, Seattle, WA. Reservoir: ConWorks, Seattle, WA.
2007-2000 Company Member, Maureen Whiting Company: Modern Dance Company. Repertoire: Wandering Bear: Lee Center of Arts, Seattle, WA. Other Jello: On The Boards, Seattle, WA. Juicy Point B: On The Boards, Seattle, WA. Juicy Point: Rainer Warehouse, Seattle, WA.  Little Things Matter: On The Boards, Seattle, WA. Alien’s Also Love: Commodore Hotel, Seattle, WA. Unravel, Unrelated Events: On The Boards, Seattle, WA. Wreck tangle: On the Boards, Seattle, WA.