Bio

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Photo by Don Hanson

For over 35 years, I created and produced community-focused dance pieces for stage and specific sites in Vermont, working with skilled performers and those new to the form. I have taught hundreds of people the techniques of movement and performance, collaborated with artists from other disciplines, and formed presenting partnerships with the FlynnCenter, Burlington Community Land Trust, The Woolen Mill, The City of Burlington, Shelburne Farms, and the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation. I have been the recipient of numerous regional and national awards and selected for two month-long residencies at the Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia. I am the founding director of the non-profit Cradle to Grave Arts.

For many of the pieces, I have collaborated in the creation of the music, costumes, and set. Partnering with a filmmaker has been an integral aspect of my work, making a film that offers another way of seeing the original dance material. For the majority of my site projects, I have mounted gallery exhibits of the “artifacts” from the performances to highlight the work of my collaborators and offer the audience an opportunity to view the material in a different context.

In 2001, I stepped out of the public eye and devoted my artistic time exclusively to studying improvisation as a performance medium. In 2007, I embarked upon a long-distance investigation into the solo form, moving simultaneously on Sundays with Sara McMahon who lived in Sitka Alaska. That experience gave each of us a renewed approach to making, teaching and performing dance. See Performance Archives for more information.

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This is my horse, Johnny