PhD Candidate (School of Interactive Arts and Technology Simon Fraser University)
Degrees: MFA in Dance (UC Irvine), BFA in Ballet Pedagogy (University of Oklahoma)
Research Interests: Dance Cognition, Kinesthetic Empathy, Kinesthetic Transfer, Kinesthesia, Embodied Cognition, Enaction, Interaction Design, Expertise and Movement Perception
I study kinesthetic empathy and explore how to transfer kinesthetic knowledge through multiple modalities (e.g. words, sound, touch, visual observation, “dance marking”). I frame my research through the lens of expert perception and explore how different dance genres and practices give rise to varying types of movement expertise that influence how we empathize, transfer, and understand kinesthetic knowledge. I apply this research to multiple fields including, dance education / preservation / choreography, the design of technology, and research in movement perception.