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I wear many hats; I am a  professional dancer, Dance Historian and Critic, a Roma Scholar,  a Flamenco historian and peace activist.

Personal Background

I grew up and received my education in the US. I lived in various parts of the world as a professional dancer, choreographer and qualified teacher.

I collaborated with many great Flamenco artists and various leaders in the Dance field. I have taught throughout Europe and the US at places like UW-Madison, UIUC, Boston Conservatory, Brown University and at various other places in Germany, Spain and Turkey. In the UK, I danced with Protein Dance Company. As a dance writer, I make regular contributions to Bachtrack magazine and Flamenco News.

As a researcher and an activist, I am  involved in various EU funded projects some of which aim to make education accessible to vulnerable groups and ethnic minorities. I believe that dance and music are great equalisers and can be used to engage and change society towards a more peaceful world.

Career

I have devoted my life to Dance and Education. Working towards a B.F.A. in Dance at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (see the bottom of the page) and an MA in Dance History and Criticism at  the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque, I have embraced a viewpoint that places movement at the core of my culture, art, experiences, and future. I use dance, history, activism and education to communicate, share, and inspire others, young and old, to use me as the springboard for their own development and creative journey. My heritage allows me to have empathy, passion, compassion, and a critical eye to the world that surrounds us. Teaching is my inspiration to create in the world, reflect on the world, as well as address issues of social injustice, race, class, and gender inequalities.

I am a senior research assistant at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE)  and also work as an independent artist, dancer and teacher. I collaborate often with the University of Barcelona’s Centre for Research on Theories and Practices for Overcoming Inequalities (CREA). Participatory research methods and dialogic teaching are integral parts of my career.

Research Interests

I enjoy interdisciplinary  and collaborative modes of working. The combination of the practical and the theoretical underpins all of my research interests and I seek to create synergies by bringing people together. Working with vulnerable groups and using the arts and education to engage communities and move them towards a more inclusive society is what I hope to achieve with my academic research. Cultural heritage and digital technologies are also key parts of my current practice.

Here is a video of the UW-Madison Dance Department in which I appear as well.