What do you want people to get from your class?
For anyone who comes to my class, I hope to provide them with an enjoyable time surrounded by others who also share the love of dance. I want people to be able to feel comfortable in this welcoming space and infuse their individuality, personality, and interpretations into my choreography. You are the only you, and I couldn’t ask for anything more!
Fusion choreography (referring to one’s personal choreography influenced by their dance background and/or influenced by multiple genres of dance) incorporates many types of movement. I want people to understand and be comfortable with exercising versatility. I am currently studying house, waacking, hip hop social dances, popping, and contemporary, so students can expect to see elements of these forms of dance within my choreography. As a personal goal, I like to challenge students with a new vibe each week. As a constant, my choreography will focus heavily on textures and musicality (how you listen to music), which will train one’s ears and understanding of executing a piece’s dynamics.
I want students to understand that doing or replicating choreography is not necessarily dancing, and that choreography is a means/method for dance. I expect effort, intention, and soul over perfection. “Messing up” is absolutely allowed; we are all in this space to dance, learn, and be challenged together. I hope to create an environment where anyone who comes in knows that their experiences and identities are essential in their dancing.
What motivates you to dance?
Dance has given me an outlet to de-stress and foster my own creativity. I love listening to music to constantly push my brain to picture how each sound would translate to the body and to the viewer. One of my favourite parts about teaching is learning from others, so seeing students perform my ideas through their movement and building that creative connection is another prominent reason why I dance.
As a person, I am so fortunate to have this space where I have seen growth in myself in areas such as confidence, happiness, and physical health. I have made lasting relationships with dancers who are so supportive in and of Halifax’s growing dance community. Being part of it, I am motivated to share my energy and passion with as many people as I can reach, and to innovate the dance culture and scene here. Passion is powerful, and I love growing alongside fellow dancers. The studio is my second home where so many friends and teachers inspire me. If I can be a part of someone else’s dance journey in the way that I have been impacted by others, it would mean the world. I would not be who I am today without dance and other dancers in and outside of Halifax!
What are some highlights of your career as a dancer/choreographer?
While my dance journey began in my hometown of Vancouver, BC, at Place des Arts and Harbour Dance Centre, my dance career began with House of Eights! I have had the privilege of taking class under choreographers such as Keenan Cooks, David Thomas, Chris Knowles, Neil Schwartz and Jake Kodish. I am also fortunate to have the mentorship of House of Eights’ teachers who have shaped me into a stronger dancer and choreographer.
Some local performance credits include The Coast’s Best of Halifax Awards (2019), Halifax Pride’s “The Bump” (2019), Atlantic Fashion Week (2019) and TeensNowTalk’s Passport 2 You-th Success Expo for rap/electronic duo Kin Crew. I have also danced in music videos for local artist Gabrielle Papillon: “New Age Faces” and “Last Deep Breath”.
In 2020, I was able to participate in two online training/mentorship programs: “Moving Forward” Volume 1 and 2 under Ken “Kennon” Yung (Harbour Dance Centre, Vancouver), “PARK” Volume 1 under Bo Park (Broadway Dance Center, New York). Both programs have been crucial to my growth as a dancer, a creative, and as someone pursuing a career in the world of dance.
In early 2021, I filmed and edited two virtual dance showcases: “Resilience” by the DalDance Society, and “Spotlight” by House of Eights Dance Studio. To capture the hard work and art of dancers in the community during a time of adapting in a pandemic was a tough but rewarding experience.