one exciting week

13 Oct

This week was very cool for a number of reasons!

famousI made my NYC City Center debut at Career Transition for Dancers 28th Anniversary Jubilee BROADWAY & BEYOND celebrating Theatre and Dance.  This diverse program full of amazing talent honored the iconic Ann-Margaret with such celebs as Liza Minnelli and Rosie O’Donnell.  My brush with fame was topped off with a terrific performance of Josh Prince’s “Doggy in the Window,”  which won him DanceBreak a few years back and how he became choreographer of Broadway’s Shrek the Musical.  And I must give love and credit to Career Transition for Dancers. This is truly a great resource for anyone transitioning or simply in need of advice and guidance.  I highly recommend their services and expertise for whatever one may need.

Then the very next day my choreography was showcased ucofas a finale to the United Colors of Fashion 3rd Annual Gala.  UCOF is a New York City-based non-profit organization whose core mission is to empower youth through fashion.  Locally under-resourced youth are mentored AND provisions of financial assistance, food, and clothing are offered to youth in South Africa who are living with HIV/AIDS, sickle cell anemia and paralysis.

It was a privilege to be part of such honorable organizations and use dance as a means of awareness, growth, and community.

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Moving in that direction of commendable companies, I have begun working as a leadership trainer in the The Leadership Program.  Leadership is a dynamic urban organization that enriches lives, emboldens confidence and expands options by building strong leaders in classrooms and communities.  This incredible program is capable of achieving real change in school cultures and I am super excited to work with my Bronx middle schoolers in our afterschool dance club.



14 Sep

Thank you for your patience while my upcoming class schedule got organized.  I am excited to announce starting Monday, September 30, 2013 we will have 3 class opportunities to dance together at Steps on Broadway every week!

MONDAYS 10-11:30am Studio 5 (starts 9/30)
THURSDAYS 7:30-9pm Studio 5 (starts 10/3)
SATURDAYS 4:30-6pm Loft 3 (starts 10/5)


Mindy’s class is inspired by a variety of dance and somatic principles including yoga, gyrokinesis, pilates, Gaga technique, sprinkled with a little ballet and a dash of jazz.  Pulling from a mixture of concepts informs the body in contrasting, yet complementary and harmonious ways. The class allows dancers to work for their most expansive and expressive selves.  We take the time to find our skeletal foundation, then move outwardly through the muscular, and finally arrive onto the sensing, responsive, alive skin surface.  Students deepen their sensitivity to the environment around them and apply their entire moving bodies and minds to the present moment we all share. Through imagery, tactile applications, and very fun, eat-up-the-space exercises, not to mention, enjoyable tunes, students learn and grow together.  Mindy’s class honors every opportunity to examine and develop one’s artistry by pulling from our collective passion to dance. 


Have you learned about the Broadway Dance Lab yet?!

10 Jul

This amazing project brought artists from varying NYC dance worlds together under the creative direction of Broadway choreographer Josh Prince.  It was an incredibly fun and fruitful month! Check us out

Tall & small at ADF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14 Jun

Lindsey and I are so so so so so so honored to have been selected from the North Carolina Dance Festival’s rich 10 year history to perform at The American Dance Festival’s 80th Anniversary Celebration this Wednesday.  Heralded as “One of the nation’s most important institutions” (New York Times), the ADF’s sustained record of creative achievement is indivisible from the history of modern dance.  We are 1 of only 4 pieces picked for this enormous privilege! Thank you to our panel, which included David Dorfman, Faye Driscoll, and Camille A. Brown! No matter the time or distance apart, Linds and I love dancing this piece together.  I can’t wait!!!!

If you can’t join us at the Reynolds Industries Theater at Duke in Durham NC Wednesday, June 19 at 7pm and/or 9pm then you can wish us luck and enjoy our performance of “A Tribute and Reflection of the Relationship” right here

Check out my show at Dixon Place

21 Apr


1 Apr

Celebrate Dance 2013 v 3The Ensemble and I have been working hard this season adding incredible work to our repertoire.  New work from Manuel Vignoulle called “Le Moi Sauvage,” as well as Shannon Gillen’s “On Certainty,” who was the first winner of our Emerging Choreographer’s Contest.  Nathan Trice reset his piece “Conversations,” which is especially exciting since I originally did this piece with the Ensemble in 2010.  We also had an amazing time learning Zvi Gotheiner’s beautiful piece “Chairs.”  Ensemble alumnae Rick Kuperman and Yesid Lopez are also presenting great work.

This is going to be a truly wonderful evening of dance.  It is very rare to see such diverse work all under one roof, so don’t miss your chance! Get your tickets today!

Every night will surely be a treat, but just fyi, Saturday is my more featured night : ) Hope to see you.

One more thing: (if you haven’t already) please take a sec to LIKE us on Facebook @Steps Repertory Ensemble.  You could win 2 FREE tickets to our show! and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @StepsEnsemble for fun updates and pix.



3 Feb

Dixon Place Presents
Save the date for Under Exposed 3/12/13. I am super excited for this opportunity to show new work. Please plan to join the fun. And in case you needed an extra reason “The Dixon Place Lounge is open before, during, and after the show. Proceeds directly support Dixon Place’s artists and mission.” See you there. 161A Chrystie Street, between Rivington and Delancey, New York, NY 10002


Happy New Year

3 Jan

Wow it’s been a little while since last reporting in.  Not sure about you, but the new year always brings in that habitual time of reflection.  Not even so much resoluting, but looking back and appreciating, questioning, pondering, wondering, wandering, flailing, falling, failing, jumping, prancing, dancing, and spinning.  I look back at my tremendous accomplishments and exciting endeavors and contemplate whatever shall I do next? This time last year, Lindsey and I were busy finalizing plans for our show.  A definite first for us both and extremely exciting how challenging and rewarding it all was.  Thankfully, next month I reunite with Linds back in North Carolina to create a world premier music video with an artist named Marley Carroll.  Marley spotted us back in April at the {Re}Happening Festival, and luckily we made quite an impression on him.   He sought us out and requested that we perform in his first official video.  I’m super pumped! Stay tuned to watch us right here, YouTube, if MTV still exists, and anywhere else imaginable.

The Ensemble as you know has always been my source of inspiration and perspiration.  This year is a transition year with new members entering and old lovies moving on.  Transition periods always take adjusting and reorganizing, and yet they still create windows into new perspective.  I’m finding myself becoming better able to distinguish the styles that I can’t live without; the processes that fulfill; the paths into the unknown that are worth the fear; the relationships that must be honored and those which must recede.  Teaching my classes at Steps makes me so incredibly happy.  Even though it is a slow and humbling road when building from scratch, eventually, all efforts stack up into an evolution one can beam at.

I didn’t make official resolutions this year, besides my usual: floss more regularly, take more classes, exercise more, blah blah blah, but I have decided to try and stick with one goal. I plan do more exciting things around NYC and more importantly, beyond.   I would like to venture to another country within 2013 for at least a month in order to research, witness, and participate in another culture’s dance scene.   I plan to arrange teaching engagements while abroad, even better, performing would be a terrific bonus.  I didn’t study abroad in college and although I have been lucky to travel in my years, the travel bug is still deep within me.  Now is the time! I’m looking into exploring Israel’s rich and impressive dance community.  Perhaps Europe is calling.  I’m searching as we speak for grants, scholarships, sponsorship, you name it to adventure and discover.  And I’m looking very forward to bringing that new found knowledge and approach home to my beloved community.  If you have any advice or want to help in any way, please let me know.  I’ve never been good at time specific goals, but let’s plan for Fall!

Our journeys are never ending, while the road seems only to be winding

Unknown next steps and unforeseen paths pluck away at

the longer reason for it all

Vow to keep it interesting.  Pledge for the compelling to lead you.

Enjoy the bleak despite the sting.


 Dance in your mind.  Dance in your sleep.

Let your words dance as they’re spoken.

Be kind.  Share yourself.

yeah yeeeeaaaaah

23 Sep

11 world premiers! You don’t want to miss this show, my friends.

September = new exciting things

1 Sep

Hi friends.

As Summer as comes to a close new, fresh things Fall into place ; )~

*My teaching schedule at Steps on Broadway is now Fridays 6:30-8pm and Saturdays 4:30-6pm.  Hope to dance with you soon.

*The next open improv jam with the Ensemble is Friday, September 7th 7:45-9:45pm.  This program, which we initiated at Steps, has proven to be such a blast! This opportunity has allowed dancers to share their passion for movement and exploration with space and freedom, minus the constructs and pressure of formal class.  Join us, bring friends, spread the word! You’ll be pleasantly surprised with this gift you give yourself.

*The Steps Ensemble and I have been busy in the studio creating brand spankin’ new, original works to premier at our very own choreography show, “Ensemble on Ensemble.”  Nearly every member of our incredible group is showing their unique artistry and creativity.  Please come see us and our many hats 9/28-9/29 for what will surely be very special nights.  Check out our facebook event for more info  My piece has developed into something so much more fun and quirky than even I expected and planned.

*Also,  I am now Production Coordinator for Steps on Broadway Steps Beyond performances.  Presenters of all styles and genres of work have the opportunity to submit work for the Lab Performance Series held every couple months: November, February, and April, with potential extra shows added in 2013.  Please stay tuned to  information on how to apply and submit your work!

Be well and dance on . . .