As a dancer and choreographer, my work has been recognized by my participation in: Invitationals (Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco 1998, Home is Where the Art Is—Portland International Performance Festival 1998, Pulse/Impulse Choreographer’s Showcase 1990); Fellowships (Oregon Arts Commission 1997); Grants (Regional Arts and Culture Council/Metropolitan Arts Commission: 1988-91, 1995-1998); Commissions (City of Portland Park Department’s Firehouse Experimental Theater Project); and Special Recognition (“Art Stars of the Nineties” in The Oregonian 1988, “The Dancer as Actor” photo spread in Northwest Magazine 1990, Emerging Artist in the “New Faces” series in The Oregonian 1988). I was invited to participate on grant-making panels for Regional Arts and Culture Council and McKenzie River Gathering Foundation. I taught modern and jazz dance 1984-85 at Portland State University, Oregon Health Sciences University, Dancer’s Workshop, and Body Moves Studio.
Movement styles I have studied include: Yoga: My yoga training includes a lot of Iyengar-based hatha yoga, with a strong focus on alignment, awareness and concentration. My studies with Bob Smith and Ki McGraw draw from an ecclectic approach of yoga, incorporating many styles of yoga, a variety of meditation disciplines, and Indian philosophies. I have also taken part in Ashtanga, Hatha, Viniyoga, Vinyasa, TriYoga and many other styles. I believe a blend of different yoga styles provides a wonderfully diverse, effective and engaging class.
Pilates: I received my teacher training in the STOTT Method from Pacific Northwest Pilates. I completed Intensive Mat, Intensive Reformer, Injuries & Special Populations, Lumbo-Sacral Stabilization, and a number of trainings on small equipment. I also continue my personal study with the Pacific Northwest Pilates instructors. I have studied on the Reformer, Barrel, and on the mat with Bridgette Walsh, and has taken mat classes with Donnella Woods, who both graduated from Core Dynamics in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Myofascial Release: My life was truly changed when I took her first myofascial release workshop from Nora St. John in 2005. Providing simple and highly effective self massage techniques gave me a tool that I could use at home to diminish the pain and discomfort of old and current injuries. I have become passionate about sharing this great wealth of knowledge in a variety of techniques.
Dance: For 18 years, I was a dancer and choreographer. The style I worked in most is known as post modern or contemporary. I've also studied the classical styles of modern dance (Hawkins, Limon, Cunningham, Graham), as well as ethnic forms (African, Haitian, Hawaiian, Brazilian, Capoiera, Cuban).
Tai Ch’i and Qi Gong: My tai ch’i training is the Yang Family Bejing Style short form, and the Yang Family Traditional Style long form. I practice a variety of qi gong forms for optimizing health. I studied for four years, 1997-2001.