Teaching Philosophy

I am obsessed with the roles of movement and embodiment in every aspect of life.  I see dance as a field in which we look at the most fundamental and pressing human questions through our bodies.  I think of improvisational dance and somatic practices as secret (not so secret) ways to support students as they find their own centers, their own grounding, empathy, and continued curiosity about the world around them. I love the conversations about sometimes difficult and sensitive topics that flow more fully and truthfully after people have rolled around on the floor, been silly and sweaty together. I nurture thinking, creative, opinionated young people.   I help budding artists, movers, and engaged intellectuals find a sense of their own skills and questions and tools for developing further.  I believe that learning to move and learning to create impact every aspect of life, that teaching dance is a political act.  That standing up for the human body as a primary source of information and change is necessary.

I teach at Princeton University where I’ve been since 2011.  I previously taught at Lehman College in the Bronx for three years.  I spent five years teaching and assistant coordinating for the graduate-level Certificate Program at the Laban/ Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies.  I’ve also taught workshops for ClassClassClass, courses for students ages 4-80, master classes in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and substitute taught for pre-professional students at North Carolina School of the Arts.