My research is currently focused on the history of embodied black female creativity and performance in America from the slave trade through to the development of Hip Hop. I am celebrating the black dance traditions while looking critically at the instances and institutions of embodied anti-black Racism, particularly in relation to ideas of Modernity in dance and pop culture. I am interested in folk traditions of diasporas, technologies of dance, sound studies, and traditions of play and decolonization.
For over a decade I have worked with dancers and 'non-dancers' alike to source, generate, and craft movement. My teaching focuses on rhythmic smarts and a playful relationship with the floor. My floor work is influenced by my study of Flying Low & Passing Through as well as Hatha Yoga and a respect for martial arts. My teaching of improvisation and composition is informed by first mentors, Twyla Tharp dancers Richard Colton & Amy Spencer, enriched by my study of Africanist aesthetics, and developed over my entire lifetime of making experimental and conventional dances and supporting other in making dances. For a full bio and CV, visit the about page.
This is a feminist business I co-run with Heather Houde. Ragtag Empire's services include: Classes (Lindy Hop, Balboa, Solo Jazz), Social Dances, Performances and Private Events. We are committed to celebrating the African American roots of swing era dances. www.ragtagempire.com