My artistic journey as a professional musician, choreographer, dancer, singer-songwriter, teaching artist and leader have made up the pieces in my life’s amazing puzzle. My creative mind is forever growing and is always in search of life’s next lesson.
It’s been my life’s purpose to encourage students to express their heart and soul. With innovative teaching practices, I’ve been guiding and nurturing students for two decades to feel empowered and happy through the expression of their body, mind and spirit.
I’m thrilled to share my offerings inspired from my professional career in dance and music. I’ve developed different somatic and sound philosophies into innovative workshops for adults in an effort to create a unique, holistic experience. I’ve also used my years as a practitioner in musical meditation, yoga, pranayama, toning and studies in eastern philosophies to help shape my workshops.
Music and Dance
I’m grateful to have performed internationally in Paris and London, as well as in NYC, Hawaii, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, San Diego and small towns in between.
During my 20 year career as a professional dancer and choreographer, I performed with contemporary dance companies, in musicals and with independent choreographers, as well as my own work where I created 15 choreographed works for the stage. My choreographic movement aesthetic is inspired by the human element, incorporating release and breath techniques, vocals, poetry, theatre, partnering, improvisation and contemporary dance and ballet techniques. I trained extensively in and work professionally with contemporary/modern dance, partnering, contact improvisation, contemporary release technique, breath work with movement. I trained extensively in particular somatic techniques created by Horton, Luigi, Alexander, Pilates, Skinner Release and Yoga. My dance training also includes West African dance, tap dance (rhythm and Broadway) capoeira, ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary dance, hip hop, swing and musical theatre. I hold an associate of arts degree in dance.
As a musician and songwriter, I blend uplifting, conscious lyrics, jazz inflected vocals with an acoustic baritone ukulele. I’m currently experimenting with musical meditation and sound therapies using the voice, musical instruments and singing bowls.
I founded and perform in several music projects with my partner, Wil Forbis. Music and theatre for children called, Little Catbird and a vintage jazz duo, Birdy and the Bow Tie. I have a a jazz vocal album out called, My Heart Can’t Take It. In 2014 it was nominated for a San Diego Music Award. The album is available for download on Itunes, Amazon and Spotify.
I’ve been a teaching artist for nearly two decades. I have taught for my own programs in studios, for outreach arts education in public schools and worked as staff for professional dance and music studios throughout San Diego. I ran my own non profit dance company for 9 years and served as the artistic director for it’s professional and pre-professional dance companies and as master teacher for programs and classes. I’ve been teaching private music lessons out of my home music studio for the last 7 years. In addition to teaching music (voice, ukulele and piano), I also teach modern dance, ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre and a creative movement for young children.