New Presentation about A Performer’s Perspective

Classes and Workshops, Dance Performance, Presentations, Research

I will present a talk about A Performer’s Perspective as part of the Laboratory of Dance/Dance as a Vantage Point Online Interdisciplinary Symposium.

This event is FREE and open to all. It will include online dance performances, panel discussions, a workshop led by Nita Little, as well as access to video presentations from researchers and artists around the world.

The presentation on A Performer’s Perspective will be available to view on YouTube and will also be discussed more as part of the live panel on Translating Dances on July 1st at 9am PDT.

Register here to receive access to YouTube video presentations (access beginning June 29), and to participate in the live conference events (July 1-3)

Please visit the website for more information about the schedule of events:



NDEO Movement Sesssion

Classes and Workshops, Presentations, Research

I am very excited to be leading a movement session at NDEO on Friday, October 7 2:15-3:15 in room Washington A.  See below for a description of the session.



Exploring Embodiment: Applying Research in Embodied Cognition to Dance Practice

What does it mean to be embodied? The idea of embodiment is widely discussed in cognitive science, philosophy, technology design, dance research, and somatic practices. In this movement workshop we discuss and physically explore various viewpoints on embodiment–as well as the possibility of disembodiment.

Embodied Cognition is a theory that is becoming widely accepted in scientific communities. Its main premise is that cognitive processes do not only take place in the brain, but are shared between the body, brain and environment. Many scientists have turned to the dance community to study and validate this theory. For example, recent research suggests that our physical experiences influence how we perceive and observe movement. While this research is relevant to dance practice, it has not yet been fully integrated in teaching curriculums for dance.

The intersection of cognitive science and dance is an emerging field of study that can inform ways in which we teach and learn dance. In this workshop I explore ways of transferring knowledge in cognitive science to dance practice. Through guided movement exercises, participants experience concepts such as, cognitive interference, theories of attention, and modes of learning.

Through dance we can also explore bodily processes of cognition. In the last few years there has been a surge of government support in the United States to study the brain. However, as theories of embodied cognition gain traction in scientific domains, it becomes more apparent that it is difficult to study the brain without also studying the the role of the body.

Integrating cognitive science research into dance curriculum ensures a future where dancers are not only participants in experiments, but also researchers that develop theories of cognition based on their bodily expertise and experiences. The future of researching embodiment cannot be studied in a jar. Embodiment must be experienced, moved, and danced.

Upcoming Presentations in DC and Irvine

Classes and Workshops, Presentations, Programs Classes and Workshops, Publications, Research

Looking forward to attending the NDEO  conference in Washington DC this October. I will be leading a movement session called: “Exploring Embodiment: Applying Research in Embodied Cognition to Dance Practice.”   

I am also looking forward to returning to my alma mater, UC Irvine in December to present at the Body of Knowledge: Embodied Cognition and the Arts conference. I will be presenting my paper with Professor Thecla Schiphorst, “Untying the Knot of Dance Movement Expertise: An Enactive Approach.”


Untying the Knot Picture

MovingStories Residency 2016

Classes and Workshops, Presentations, Research

A full week ahead with the MovingStories Residency 2016 movement.futures!

Presenting on two projects that explore words, dance, and movement data. 

Thursday, May 26th (with Susan Wiesner, Ethan Soutar-Rau, and Rommie L Stalnaker) “Written dance/Movement poems /or/ ARTeFACT meets POEME”

Friday, May 27th (with Ethan Soutar-Rau )”If Words Could Dance: Moving from Body to Data through Kinesthetic Evaluation”