a dancer

What?

I have danced for over twenty years in multiple styles, under many instructors, in different spaces.

dancestyles

Why?

Performing, I desire to reach out into the hearts of the audience and move them to look beyond and inside of themselves simultaneously. Choreographing, I seek to weave a story into the natural movement of the body. Instructing, I search for where my students need dance and through it’s technique, introduce them to their interior beauty.

{below is the program note I wrote for the premier of the ballet I wrote, choreographed, costume designed and performed in Olga Nikolevna Romanova}
All those times I picked up the large photographic book on the Romanovs and curiously leafed through the pages of photographs, icons, drawings and family belongings while sitting on the floor of my mother’s office, I would never have guessed I would be here as a senior graduating college presenting a full-length ballet on that family that captured my imagination so many years ago.
            What is it that has captured my heart about Holy Mother Russia? It is the passion for the beautiful, the mysterious, the transcendent that is so part of their culture and so alien to ours. It is their love of the glorious, the infinite, the elusive that moves my heart to, as St. John Bosco says, “Walk with your feet on earth, but in your heart, be in heaven.” The story of Nicholas and his family are a microcosm of the heart of Russia. As Olga wrote in her diary “That they should remember that the evil there now is in the world will become yet more powerful, and that it is not evil that will conquer evil- only Love.”
Olga has a story to tell in this ballet. She is passionate, loving, faithful and feels very deeply. Her romantic heart and love of God and her country bleeds, sings, and dances in this story. She saw her country fall apart, her family struggle, and her youth fade away in confinement. But always she held to her faith and her resignation to God’s protection. I hope as you watch this ballet you too fall in love with the Romanovs and are swept away into the land of Russia…

How?

The Theology of the Body— Pope Saint John Paul II’s series of homilies on the beauty, sanctity, and morality of the human person as a unity of body and soul. This theology instructs, inspires and drives me to be the voice of beauty in my body as I perform, teach, and choreograph in all styles of dance. I Evangelize through the exposing of the interior beauty of the person through the movement of the body in dance.

“The body, in fact, and only the body, is capable of making visible what is invisible; the spiritual and the divine. It has been created to transfer into the visible reality of the world the mystery hidden from eternity in God, and thus to be a sign of it.”

Pope John Paul II –Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body, trans. Michael Waldstein