I am a registered somatic movement educator (RSME) and an associate teacher of the Tamalpa Life/Art Process, the movement-based expressive arts process founded by dance pioneers Anna Halprin and Daria Halprin. I am an approved artist on the SC Arts Commission Artist Roster (in both dance and traditional/folk arts) and a teaching artist with Greenville's Metropolitan Arts Council's SmartARTS program. I am also a contra dance caller and call for school arts residencies, public dances, weddings, and other events. All this work focuses on people's own physical experience rather than on an audience's visual one. It is about direct aesthetic experience accessible to all, life as art. It all embodies a metaphor, “the dance of life,” a life lived fully in harmony with one’s purpose and with others.
I have an MA in English from Clemson University and a BFA in dance from Boston Conservatory, and I taught in the English department at Clemson for several years. While there, I taught a writing course for architecture students. I was delighted to circle back to this experience when I discovered the work of Lawrence Halprin -- whose career as a landscape architect paralleled that of his dancer wife Anna Halprin -- which emphasizes architecture as the choreography of people's movement. I have also taught English in several small colleges in the Greenville area.
Through my own personal growth work, I became interested in the psychological work of C.G. Jung and became certified in Jungian dreamwork by the Haden Institute, Flat Rock, NC. I was instrumental in founding the Greenville Friends of Jung.
For traditional and community dance bookings, please contact me.