As a dance artist I have danced for Ayizan in Los Angeles, JAKA in Port-au-Prince, Mikerline Pierre in New York as well as for modern and post-modern dance artists Shirley Martin in Los Angeles and Rachel Thorne Germond in Chicago. In 2006, I formed the CCBdance Project with Burkina Faso born, Christian Bambara. The CCBdance Project is an African contemporary dance company whose goal is to express peace and interculturalism in dance works that address themes of race, travel, translation and love in our contemporary world. My teaching includes experience in the community, primary, secondary and university levels in ways that encourage a deep understanding of cultural practice, contemporary dance and individual experience. I have taught at Occidental College in Los Angeles, the University of California, Riverside, The High School for the Performing Arts in Riverside, Glendale Community College and the University of Illinois, Chicago as well as at giving workshops at universities including Denison, UCLA, Occidental College, University of West Indies and Grinnell College. In all teaching environments I seek to adapt and learn to best suit the teaching needs of the community in which I am working. In addition to these teaching assignments, I have taught at art houses and studios nationally and in the Caribbean and West Africa. I have presented my research at CORD, SDHS as well as in the Caribbean at special topics conferences at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad, Bardados and Jamaica. My work is published in Caribbean Dancemaking edited by Susanna Sloat, "The Journal of Haitian Studies", "Australasia Drama Studies", "The Chicago Artist's Resource" and piece on my artistic practice is recently published in the "Area Magazine Chicago" issue on "Intersections" and work is also forthcoming in the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. In 2002, I received a MA degree in dance from UCLA and in 2008 I earned a doctorate in Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside. Following graduation I was a Post Doctoral Fellow in the African American Studies Department at the University of Illinois, Chicago and was a visiting lecturer UIC through 2011. I am long time yoga practitioner and a 200 hour RYT yoga teacher.
Artist and Scholar: My work addresses the complex set of intersections between artistic practice and theoretical inquiry by posing both practical responses through choreography and improvisation, community organization of events and written analyses as methods of studying contemporary and African diasporic dance.
As a dance artist I have chosen to let my practice-based questions guide my intellectual inquiry and I contribute to the community through organization around central issues that I encounter. As a dance artist working with Haitian, African and contemporary dance my master's thesis and doctoral dissertation evolved out of questions that arose as I sought to experiment with making new movement and dance in an ethical way while dancing for a variety of companies. The types of questions that my work addresses are: How are notions of "tradition" and contemporaneity political in different diasporic populations? What is the history of experimentation in different postmodern dance forms? How best do dance artists engage notions of "lineage" in Caribbean, African and contemporary forms? My written academic work has focused on describing my collaborations in Haiti and with other artists. My work analyzes traditional and African Contemporary work in relationship to notions of process and ideas of what is traditional or contemporary as well as changing notions of how dance may act in resistance to racism and imperialism in diasporic contexts. Additionally, although no less important, I have a consistent interest in attempting to describe the physical manifestation of spiritual energy or 'presence' in Haitian and African dance.