In it’s purest form, dancing is an incredible outlet. We’re not talking heavy, emotional stuff here (though we could!). Dance let’s you explore all sides of your personality. Hip hop, Bellydance, Bollywood, Ballet– so many languages, all speaking to different parts of who you are.
Dance therapy is a well-documented tool for healing. As data continues to pour forward, we’re learning that movement-based therapy has highly proven results for trauma victims and those needing healing. This is just the beginning: in coming years the world of dance therapy is on track to become an indispensable medical tool
Almost all industries must innovate with technology or risk losing out on emerging opportunities. While dance is only just beginning to hone in on it’s online presence, future evolvement will see dance in the Virtual Reality Space, Wearable Technologies, and more.
Listen to a story? Read a story? What about watching one unfold though wordless expression. From your next door neighbor to your favorite brand: everyone has a story, and every story and can be funneled through incredible artistry for a all-encompassing experience.
Whether it’s bringing genres and backgrounds together on collaborative work, or using movement to build company culture, dancing with others creates an unforgettable bond and creates experiences that won’t be forgotten
I've said very often that I view dance as a magic, amplifying fairy dust. When applied correctly, there's nothing it can't do. Applying a universal, aesthetically beautiful language can capture attention and imagination in any category. When dreaming up or taking on new projects, I tend to look at five particular categories:
With so many possibilities, the biggest struggle is trying not to do everything at once. From happy, feel-good videos to the serious business of dance careers to the living memoir of one person's story, here's a few of my favorite projects from the last year:
Main St. Takeover
One Take Unity Video
Infuse Dance Accelerator
A few times a year, Infuse Dance Studio pours out onto Main St and spends a few hours dancing, drumming, and celebrating our wonderful dance community!
For this project I teamed up with Rebecca Blue Media to create a one-take shot with a message I love. I gathered all of my wonderful local dance friends of all shapes, sizes, and genres for an easy, joyful ode to Dr. King, Marvin Gaye, and all the voices of positivity we so badly need.
I am proud to have co-founded the first Accelerator for dancers. Creating a career in dance means building business savvy, educating yourself on all of the complexities of dance, and positioning yourself intelligently. We've built a program created for the day you discover you just can't live without dance.
City Unity Projects
City Unity is a project I started to give cities a platform to tell their story. Every city is a different experience with a different history. Usually, the stories that reach the masses are either of glory or tragedy, but within the city limits are thousands of people, each with a story. I wanted to honor the experiences of our neighbors just as they were without seeking to explore only "big" stories.
Our most recent invite was by the San Bernardino Police Department. We had a blast collaborating with them and learning some of their important and rich history.
How it Works: The process.
First, we listen. We record a conversation and let the story develop naturally.
From a conversation emerges three minutes encapsulating the soul of the conversation.
Our dancers receive the stories, where they use the words as their score.
Each solo is filmed, creating a series of short, beautiful, moving stories.
Looped together and played outside via a giant projector, our stories become an ongoing exhibit, allowing the public to connect with their neighbor in new ways.
Mike and Morgan's Story
Poet, teacher, author, artist, dancer- Makeda talks about her travels to Slave Mansion and shares about African Culture. and her hopes for the next generation.
Danced by Ericka Brown.
When the San Bernardino terrorist attacks unfolded, Juan, an Art Institute student, wasn't sure he had anything to give, so he sat at a computer....and created the most viral branding to date the city has experienced.
Danced by Hannah Wolgemuth.
Mike and Morgan Teruel are an artistic powerhouse. She sings, he does spoken word, and together they told their story in the way they know best: in musical collaborative beauty.
Danced by Julie Davis.