March 2022. Master of Fine Arts in Dance Choreographic Thesis Project.
My choreographic research project, Mental/Body, will be shared through a lecture-demonstration and an experiential performance. This project explores the physical bodily manifestation of mental illness through choreography and performance. I utilize emotionally-inclusive rehearsal processes with the goal of restructuring the hierarchy of art-making in dance spaces.
CHILDHOOD DANCE LITERATURE
Presentation and Research: "Shifting the Ideal “Dancer’s Body” in Children’s Literature: Reimagining the Thin, White, Able-Bodied, Females Dominating Dance Books for Children"
Presented at the 2021 DSA Conference and 2021 NDEO Conference.
In this research presentation, I argue that in addition to holding power in professional dance companies, this excessively thin, white and light-skinned, abled-body type holds power in all dance studios in the United States that teach ballet. And, it even holds power in adolescent dancers depicted in children’s books.