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Texas Woman's University  |  Ph.D. Doctor of Philosophy in Dance Studies   | Dissertation: “D”-Cyphering the Jit: Dancing Detroit History and Culture | 2019

New York University  |  M.A. Masters of Arts  |   John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master’s Program in Humanities and Social Thought  |  2016

New York University  |   M.A. Masters of Arts   |   Tisch School of the Arts- Department of Performance Studies  |   2012

University of Michigan |   M.F.A. Masters of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography and Performance   |   School of Music, Theater and Dance  |   2004

The Ohio State University  |   B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Choreography and Performance  |   Department of Dance  |   1999


Conference Presentations

Dance Studies Association |Annual Conference: Galvanizing Dance Studies: Building Anti-Racist Praxis, Transformative Connections, and Movement(s) of Radical Care|

Dance Film Presentation: “Powdered Footwork: “D-cyphering Detroit Jit”

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey| October 2021

Annual International Conference: Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! DIY Cultures and Global Challenges|Dance Film Presentation: “Powdered Footwork: “D-cyphering Detroit Jit”

University of Porto, Porto, Portugal |Cancelled due to COVID19 | July 2021


World Dance Alliance |Americas Conference: Ecologies Of and Through The Body |Dance Film Presentation: “Powdered Footwork: “D-cyphering Detroit Jit”

Virtual Conference | April 2021​

PoP Moves Americas | Annual Conference: Higher Ground: Mediating Popular Dance Histories| Accepted Paper Presentation: “#detroitaintdead: Jittin’ Has Risen”

York University, Toronto Canada |Cancelled due to COVID-19 |2020 


The International Association for the Study of Popular Music |Annual Conference: BPM: Bodies, Places, Movements |Accepted Paper Presentation: “#detroitaintdead: Jittin’ Has Risen” |University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan |Cancelled due to COVID19 |2020

The National Dance Education Organization|

Annual conference: The Creative Process: Choreography, Choice-Making, and Communication | Miami, Florida

Poster Presentation: “D-Cyphering the Jit: Dancing Detroit History and Culture”|  2019

World Dance Alliance Americas Conference    |   Spaces and Places: Exploring Dance Narratives Through Alternate Lenses  |  Paper Presentation:  The Jit: An Economy of Gesture  |  University of Hawaii- Honolulu, July 2015

Dance Under Construction XV Conference  |   Boundaries, Borders, Bodies: Tracing Edges within Dance Studies |   Paper Presentation: The Motor City Machine: Assembly Lines, Techno and Jitting Automatons  |  The University of California at Riverside, April 2015

In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization Conference |   Paper presentation: Bolivian Tinku: Manifesting Visibility, Identity and Citizenship  |   The University of London, Royal Holloway |   London, England 2013

Awards and Fellowships

Dance Studies Association  I  Mellon Pre-Conference Seminar for Emergent Scholars| Northwestern University, Evanston Illinois

Awarded a tuition and travel scholarship to present dissertation research and receive feedback from senior and early career scholars in dance studies |2019

Texas Woman's University   |   Graduate Student Scholarship   |   Department of Dance |   

New York University   |   The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences   |   Draper Interdisciplinary Program in the Humanities and Social Thought Merit-based tuition scholarship   |  2013 - 2014

New York University   |   Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Scholarship   |   Department of Performance Studies   |  2012

The University of Michigan   |   The Julian and Vera McIntosh Memorial Fellowship   |  Department of Dance  |  2002 - 2004

Academic Teaching Experience 

Eastern Michigan University   |   Department of Dance   |   Modern and Jazz technique |   2004 - 2006

Oakland University  |   Department of Dance   |   Hip Hop and Tap technique   |  2004 - 2005

The University of Michigan   |   Department of Dance   | Modern, Ballet, and Jazz technique  |  2002 - 2005


Artist in Residence Positions

Centro Artistico Pereyra (La Paz, Bolivia)  |  Visiting Guest Artist and Artistic Director    | 2006 - Present    

ARTEMOVIDA Dance Company (La Paz, Bolivia)  | Guest Choreographer  |   Premiered The Van Allen Belts on members of the National Ballet of Bolivia  |  2011

Savannah Arts Academy (Savannah, Georgia)  |   Guest Choreographer/Lecturer   |  2010

Eastern Michigan University |   Guest Choreographer for the University Dance Company   |   Premiered HOOD  |   2005 - 2006



Centro Artistico Pereyra (La Paz, Bolivia)   |   Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and Composition workshops   |   Modern and Jazz technique |  2006 - Present

The Detroit Windsor Dance Academy |   Modern, Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop technique   |   Choreographer for the Pre-Professional Program and Summer Dance Intensives   |  2001 - Present

Hudson Dance and Movement (Hoboken, New Jersey)   |   Modern and Hip Hop technique   | 2012 - 2014 


​Dance Academy of Boca Raton  (Boca Raton, Florida)   |   Modern  technique   | 2008 - 2010


200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training |   Yoga Alliance Certified  |   Pure Yoga New York City|  2017

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