Degrees in Progress: PhD Candidate (School of Interactive Arts and Technology Simon Fraser University)
Completed Degrees: MFA in Dance (UC Irvine), BFA in Ballet Pedagogy (University of Oklahoma)
Certificates in Progress: SFU Certificate Program in Teaching and Learning Fall 2017
Research Interests: Dance Cognition, Kinesthetic Empathy, Kinesthetic Transfer, Kinesthesia, Embodied Cognition, Enaction, Interaction Design, Expertise and Movement Perception
My research crosses three main disciplines: Dance, Digital Technology Interaction and Cognitive Science. I seek to find more rigorous methods to transmit bodily knowledge so that one can better 1) preserve or transmit dance 2) study and analyze dance and 3) communicate through dance to a broader audience.
Movement practices in dance and somatic practices inform my research. I have studied dance for over twenty years and continue to take class, perform, choreograph and teach dance. My movement practice primarily consists of classical ballet, modern dance techniques, jazz dance (with a focus on its African roots and improvisation), Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and Bartenieff Fundamentals (BF).
I integrate movement practices into my research in three ways, 1) conducting laboratory research studies informed by practice 2) conducting practice informed by my own and other’s research findings and 3) conducting practice as research. This research design supports larger motivations to bring tacit knowledge within dance studies to the sciences, and to utilize research in cognitive science and interaction design to further dance scholarship.