Goals

*Employment:  Begin post-graduate teaching career.  I have always wanted to be an educator (I have consistently sought out positions that allow me to learn/teach/mentor.)  Now that I have completed my MFA, I believe it is merely the first step in the realization of my goal to be a university level dance professor.

*Digital Software Suites:  Expand my knowledge and experience with the following software suites: Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite 6, Logic Pro, ISADORA.  While I have been using them for a few years now, I would like to deepen my knowledge of these to the expert level.

*Dance Photography:  Continue my research into the field of Dance Photography with the eventual (within five years) goal of publication and a website devoted to Dance Photography and the promotion of the art.  Continue to provide students, faculty, performers, choreographers, and learning institutions with free, high-quality digital images for personal use.

*Dance Technology / Digital Media Intensive:  Design a Dance Technology/Digital Media Intensive Workshop designed specifically to ensure that existing dance faculty remain current on existing digital technologies.  This could also be a great ACDFA or summer workshop course.

*Movement Exchange: Maintain and build my relationship with Movement Exchange, a dance-based cultural exchange program for dance students.  I am currently volunteering as part of their Marketing & Design Team.  During my third year at the University of Utah, I was fortunate enough to travel to Panama City, Panama with Movement Exchange for a service learning trip.

*Spanish: Complete Rosetta Stone Spanish software (in progress) with the goal of reaching out to a fast-growing segment of our population, as well as other Spanish-speaking cultures around the globe.

Movement Research

*Conscious vs Subconscious Decision-making in Improvisation:  With the stated of of this research being the improvement of future improvisation training and the direct channeling of this research into structurally improvised choreography, I am currently reading medical research focused on the decision making process of the brain/body in relation to movement control.

*Screen Dance / Digital Media:  I am highly interested in producing work that is available online (to reach wider audiences and promote the exciting things we do on a daily basis.)  Whether this is dance film, dance photography, or material that is interactively broadcast online, I think it has definitely an area of our field that could reap enormous benefits.

*Texture and Impermanence:  Our world is in a constant state of decay.  Our technology and commerce is based on a system of sleek design and novelty.  To me, there is a stunning level of contrast between the two that needs to be explored through Screen Dance.

*Momentum-Based Movement and Partner Work:  I am fascinated by momentum and redirection of energy through initiation. Iā€™d like to specifically continue my choreographic research toward this area with an interested eye toward Alexander Technique, Laban Movement Pattern Analysis, Contact Improvisation, and Release Technique.

*Aerial:  I would like to continue my movement research on aerial dance, specifically aerial harness and aerial window.  I see aerial dance happening in quite a few places, but in a sort of circus-like incarnation that seems to be a series of skill-based demonstrations (and not choreographically inspired developed ideas.)