Strange and Elegant
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Company Affiliations

String Theory Productions: 2002-present | Founding Member, Co-Artistic Director, Musician, Composer, Choreographer & Dancer, press & booking agent | Multi-disciplinary performance company featuring musicians and dancers |

Strange & Elegant Choreography and Performance Installations: 2004-present | Founder & Artistic Director | site-specific choreography and performance installations

yourHUGEhead choreography collective: 2007 – present | Original member of this project which is a collective of 5 choreographers who create site-specific work. The goal of the group is to "erase authorship in art and create dance that makes your head swell!"

Lucky Plush Productions: 1999 - 2003 | co-artistic director, co-founder, with Julia Rhoads | dance theater performance company

XSIGHT! Performance Group: 1990 - 2000 | Artistic Associate | dance theater company

Chicago Moving Company: 1991-1997 | Company member


"Lorelei" - choreography for a film by Mission of Monkey’s directors Shane & Sean McAllen

"The Better To See You With" - a dance theatre choreography commission based on the story of Little Red Riding Hood.
Commissioned by Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company

"String Theory Live at The Ford" - produced, directed and choreographed this evening length program

Adobe Max Bash - choreography for corporate event (private)

LADI (Los Angeles Dance Invitational) - choreography for an evening of dance at the Ford Amphitheatre

"14 Lengths of Desire" - produced, directed and choreographed this evening length program at The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica

"Pitbulls" - a video installation by director and Mexican/American artist, Yoshua Okon | Choreography for 15 pitbulls and their owners for Glow Festival and the Hammer Museum

"Grey Shanty" - director & choreographer | Barcelona Sans Souci Film Festival

"Neverland" - musical theater play at the Edgmar Theatre in Santa Monica, Dir. Stephen Fife

Annenberg Community Beach House - May 2010 | Recipient of the 2010 Annenberg Choreography Residency | a site-specific choreography grant

TED – 2010 TED conference | choreography and site-specific performance installation

Mary Kay Leadership Conference – choreographer | San Diego

Yank - curated and choreographed for an evening of contemporary dance at The Edye Second Space at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica

Santa Barbara Museum of Art – site-specific work for their performance series, "Nights" and "Atelier"

"Stir" – a site-specific collaboration with Sarah Elgart | celebrating the opening of White Tail Plaza | sculpture by Stephen Glassman

"Grey Shanty" - a short film | accepted in to the 6th Annual Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

"14 Lengths of Desire" - String Theory | The Broad Stage, Santa Monica | director/writer/choreographer/costume design and projection design

World Festival of Sacred Music 08 – String Theory Performance Installation

The Festival Mozaic Fringe Festival in San Luis Obispo '08 - String Theory Performance Installation

String Theory Live! At Vibiana, June 2007 – Director/Choreographer/Performer | String Theory

Grand Opening Segerstrom Concert Hall, Orange County | choreographer

BCBG – choreography for private BCBG event | downtown L.A.

Nightworld, Kansas City 2007 – Strange & Elegant

VivoCity, Singapore – Asian Tour for String Theory

The 2006 & 2007 Official Grammy Celebration - Strange & Elegant

National Tour for Dom Perignon - Choreographer & Costume Design

Land Rover & Jaguar - choreographer

"Dance Moving Forward" - Festival | Electric Lodge, L.A.

"Just a Few Lengths Short of Desire" - String Theory at the MET Theatre in Hollywood

"Compositions of Sound & Space" - String Theory at The MET Theatre in Hollywood

"Heartzz & Bonies" - Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center

"Rituals of Polite Seduction" - Lucky Plush Productions | multi- media production | directed, wrote, produced & created with Julia Rhoads | Critic's Choice in the Chicago Reader

"Bedtime Stories" - multi-media evening length production | directed & created with Julia Rhoads | Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin North and West - Performance Installations

"Dances to Wake the Dead" - Chicago Cultural Center

"From Within" - M5 | performance installation

Fermilab - Lucky Plush Productions | Chicago

Ladyfest Midwest - Lucky Plush Productions | Chicago

1306 Project - Dance Center of Columbia College | Lucky Plush Productions

"Duets For My Valentine" - Athenaeum Theater | 1998, '99 and Dance Chicago 1997-2000

Northwestern University - XSIGHT! Performance Group | Evanston, IL

"The Moment Bacchus Came" - XSIGHT! Performance Group | original dance/theater production based on The Bacchi | collaborated with company

"Kickin the Devil Around" - original dance/theater piece | XSIGHT! Performance Group | Blue Rider Theater

"Nights of the Blue Rider" - Produced by the Chicago Moving Company

"BAAA" - collaborative project adapted & directed by myself & Susan Padveen | Columbia College Theater Dept.

Museum of Contemporary Art - First Fridays | Fashion Show featuring Couture by Cat Chow

"3 by 4" - choreographer for a production directed by Jeff Ginsberg | Theater Department, Columbia College

Teaching Experience

Department of Aging - multi-disciplinary workshop for senior citizens

"Dystopia" - movement coach, a film written & directed by Josh Mann

SIPA - Search To Involve Philipino Americans at Temple Gateway Youth and Community Center, 10 week performance residency through Ford Foundation

JAM Series at the Ford - family workshop integrating music, dance & drawing through Ford Foundation

Harvard Westlake Summer Conservatory - summer 2011, dance & choreography

Windward School - Master classes in Repertory & Choreography

Temple Israel of Hollywood Preschool - wrote & taught a curriculum for pre-school kids with emphasis on cross pollinating artistic genres

Annenberg Community Beach House - dance & architecture community workshops

Pasadena Dance Festival - contemporary and improvisational dance

danceXchange - int/adv movement class for professional dancers| on-going | Electric Lodge

G2 Gallery - Creative Movement & Dance for 4-10 year olds

Somafest '09 - Festival workshops | Highways Performance Space | "Sourcing Ideokinesis - The Inner Architecture of Energy"

Santa Barbara Museum of Art - summer 2009 workshops as part of String Theory performance series | ages 3 – 11 | Drawing Music/Making Dances/Dancing Music Workshop

Dance Arts Academy - int/adv contemporary company class for Body Traffic | spring 2008

UCLA - 2004 – 2007 | guest artist

LMU - 2007 – 2008 & 2010 | guest artist

CSULB - 2008 & 2009 | guest artist

Vibiana Cathedral - as part of String Theory Performance Series | drawing/music/movement workshop | In this workshop, we worked with women who had recently been released from a correctional center & Drum Circle workshop with local school kids ages 11-13.

LA Improv Festival - "Moving Image" Workshop | co-taught with Jones Welsh | Highways Performance Space, 2005

Private Home Pilates Studio - Venice, CA | 2007-present

Exhale Pilates Studio - Pilates | private and group classes | 2004 – 2007

Rapid Rehab Pilates/Gyrotonic Studio | private and group classes | 2005 – 2007

The MET Theatre - Hollywood, CA | The Actor's Movement Lab Workshops for "The Dadaists" | 2003

Zeal Studios - Ballet | Int/Adv Modern Dance | 2004

Church at Ocean Park - Dance Lab | collaborative summer workshop series with Rajendra Serber | 2004

Columbia College - Chicago, IL | Artist in Residence | Theater/Music Department | Body Movement for the Actor | 1995 - 2002

Int/Adv Ballet based Modern Dance - summer intensive at Hamlin Park | Chicago Moving Company | Chicago, 2001

Second City Actor's Training Center - Movement for Actor's Workshops | Chicago

University of Anchorage - Residency | Anchorage, AK | Beginning and Advanced Modern Dance and Movement & Sculpture Workshops

Illinois Wesleyan University - Residency | Bloomington, IL | Movement for inexperienced movers and Creative Writing through Movement

University of Fairbanks - Residency | Fairbanks, AK | Beginning and Advanced Modern Dance, Composition and Improvisation residency

Out North Contemporary Art House - Anchorage AK | Movement Workshops and Contemporary Dance residency

McLaughlin Correctional Center - Anchorage AK | Movement Theater Workshop

University of Anchorage, AK - Created and taught credited course to elementary and middle school teachers | "Integrating Intellectual and Physical Creativity Across the Curriculum"

Joel Hall Dance Studios - Chicago, IL | Contemporary Dance

"Spring Fling" - Chicago, IL | Three day performance workshop for kids ages 4-12 | 1997

Guggenheim School - Chicago IL | 4 week residency inner city teaching program | 1997

Jahn School - Chicago, IL | Five week residency culminating with a student choreographed performance | 1996

Nettlehorst School - Chicago, IL | Worked with autistic students culminating with a performance | 1994-96

St. Ita's Catholic School - Chicago, IL | Taught throughout the academic year | 5th – 8th grade

Bennet School - Cairo, IL | One week performance residency

Rockford College - Rockford, IL | Performance Workshop | 1997

Lawrence University - Appleton, WI | Performance Workshop | 1996

Indiana University - South Bend, IN | Performance Workshop | 1995

Theater Artaud - San Francisco, CA | Performance Workshop with Senior Citizens

Magic City - sponsored by the City of Chicago | Residency was an inclusion program for kids of all ages with disabilities and those without. The goal of this workshop was to have students interacting together to create a final performance.

Healy School - Chicago | Two eight-week residencies | Worked with teachers to integrate language arts curriculum with dance

Art Institute - Chicago | Performance workshop with Chicago Public School teachers on teaching movement and performance to kids

Champaign Park District - creative movement for pre-school & ballet for pre-school

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