Hi, I'm April.
California born and raised, dance addict, business warrior, survivor.
I have spent the last fifteen years immersed in the dance world, grabbing a BA in dance and jumping into a variety of projects. I am founder of Infuse Dance Collective, Director of Retrograde Dance Co., Rhythm director for Muvuca Bateria (all-female Brazilian drum group), co-owner of Infuse Dance Studio and the Ignite Dance Accelerator, and currently commissioned by multiple cities working on the Unison Dance project.
Outside of the dance world I've had the honor of being a TedX Speaker, published author, consultant with County of Riverside, Leadership Consultant with Clarke & McClure, and have spoken on stages nationally, leading to a congressional address on Capitol Hill.
Sounds fancy, but as with most things, it began with a story. In my case, a story of trauma
After growing up in a chaotic and abusive home, I was placed into foster care. In just three years I saw twenty-two homes. Life became a powerless flurry of strange faces and isolation. I was pregnant by 15 years-old, and after emancipating at 17 years-old, found myself sleeping in a car with my baby daughter.
The next decade was spent breaking old habits of survival, failing way more than I succeeded, and learning to believe that I was capable and worthy of success. Along the way I started to discover who I was when social workers weren't dictating my every move. I discovered I love coffee, Seinfeld, the smell of bookstores, and people who shine when they talk. I discovered I loved my small, wonderfully ridiculous family, and was very emotional about human division.
Then one day, I discovered dance.
A few things I've done
The book that started it all. My journey out of abuse and foster care and into dance.