I am a streetdancer, performance artist, scholar and educator. I teach courses in performance studies, critical race and gender studies, and dance at the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington Bothell. At UWB I help organize Critical Acts: Socially Engaged Art + Performance Research Group, which produces an annual performance festival, including a national artist residency and showcase of outstanding student performances.
My research is published in The Drama Review, Women and Performance, Tropics of Meta, and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Hip Hop Dance. My writing has won awards from The Drama Review, Congress on Research in Dance, and American Society for Theatre Research. My current book project Black Power of Hip Hop Dance: On Kinethic Politics studies political aesthetics of streetdance practices emergent in California during the 1970s funk and disco eras and has been funded by the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, Simpson Center for Humanities Society of Scholars Fellowship, UW Royalty Research Fund and National Endowment of the Humanities.
As founding director of DREAM, a nationally-touring streetdance company sponsored by Oakland's Destiny Arts Center, I was a NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival Future Aesthetics Artist and won awards from Creative Work Fund, East Bay Community Foundation, Zellerbach Foundation and People United for a Better Oakland. Full Circle, an exploration of hip hop and Cuban rumba, was finalist for the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Choreography.
Little Brown Language is a new performance project I'm growing collaboratively along with Milvia Salvatierra Pacheco--dancer, painter, poet & organizer with Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle (MÁS). This dance-incantation brings moving rhythms of women's relational voice to bear on historical texts of Spanish colonization and Catholic conversion, which connect our Philippine and Venezuelan motherlands. We perform acts of translation, blending our mother tongues to conjure hidden histories of immigration and forced migration. Little Brown Language showcased in 2019 at On the Boards North West New Works Festival and is currently supported by a UW Bothell Creative Practice Seed Grant and 4Culture. In Seattle, I facilitate a creative process group for PNW performance artists called con'spirar: a folxart salon.