Choreographer

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I began making dances in my living room as a little girl to old-school Madonna and Exposé cassettes, then used high school study hall instead to choreograph, and haven’t stopped adding to my list of artistic endeavors since.  My first gig upon moving to NYC was to choreograph the Off-Off-Broadway play, Trump the Musical.  Luckily things changed and I choreographed it’s replacement show The Green Game instead.  This was an “interesting” experience to say the least, but at least it was a start in The Big Apple.   I now create for theater, musicals, music videos and concert dance alike.

My goal is to make work that comes from an honest place.  Whether the music or the movement comes first, this differs every time for me, the impulse and motivation must resonate deeply.  I love finding myself dancing while waiting on a train platform or noticing something as random as a stranger’s posture to stir my imagination.  I’m drawn to using gestures, which often appear from nowhere, but somehow just feel right.  And at the same time, I appreciate moving through a space with full-out, gargantuan attack despite my petite stature.   My choreographic point of view is still in development, and for that I’m thankful.  I’m enjoying this time of search and discovery.

In addition to showing work in New York, it’s always a special treat working away from ‘home.’   I have returned numerous times to my alma mater, Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois as a guest artist.  I have been commissioned to set new work on their after school dance companies as well as present as a guest artist in the school’s biannual fine arts festival Odyssey.  I also set a quartet on the young ladies at Revolution Dance School in Gray, Tennessee.  For The Ratio of Mindsey to Kelpin, I created two new solos, including Semi Glitz and My Piece. My Peace.  Below is a look at my performance from the Steps Beyond Lab Series February 2012 where I first premiered my glitzier self.  And below that is Glitz in it’s second incarnation featuring Wanda & the Ensemblés.

My piece, “Modnar is Random,” was created for the Steps Ensemble’s first fully self choreographed show Ensemble on Ensemble. I later expanded this piece to a 20 minute work entitled “From the Top of the Pit at the Bottom of My Stomach” for the UnderExposed Series at NYC’s Dixon Place.  It’s funky, fun and quirky of course, give it a watch in my gallery.

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One Response to “Choreographer”

  1. Cathy Heissler 01/31/2012 at 11:33 pm #

    Very good.

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