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New Headshots

 

Just got new headshots done by the fabulous Steven Trumon Gray and Chad Wagner.  Some of them are featured on my photos page.  They were so much fun and really worked to truly capture who I am.  Make sure to check out Steven and Chad if you need photos here!

#FreeKesha

ChrisGoLightly

 

In support of the #FreeKesha movement, I got some wonderful NYC dancers together to pay tribute to Kesha’s struggles.  Such a beautiful experience working with such creative, brave, and strong women.  Check out the video here.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

 

I have often used dance to educate and express feelings and experiences that evade words.  I created two videos based on Elie Wiesel’s Night in hopes to educate and inspire empathy.  The videos feature Ben Susak (SYTYCD) and Chris Fedun (Jump5) with an original score by Robby Greengold. First video (Ben) here, second video (Chris) here.

Dance Spirit Magazine and Kathryn Morgan

 

I choreographed a new dance video for former NYCB soloist Kathryn Morgan and it was featured in Dance Spirit Magazine! I am so honored to have the opportunity to create a piece that illustrated Kathryn’s struggle with illness and performing.  Watch here and read the article here!

Chris Golightly (American Idol)

ChrisGoLightly

 

I had the opportunity to choreograph for Chris Golightly (American Idol) for his concerts in Los Angeles, CA.  Not only were we able to feature some classic moves, but we also featured some Stretch dancers!  Such a fun project!

To Dance

 

I was just cast in the World Premiere of the new musical To Dance the true story of dancer Valery Panov.  I will be portraying his first wife Liya.  It will be performed at the New York International Fringe Festival.  For more information, click here!

Mad Men

 

So happy to announce that I was featured on the Mad Men series finale!  We filmed this almost a year ago in Big Sur.  This was my first television experience and it was so much fun and such a wonderful learning opportunity!

NYC

 

No April Fool’s jokes here!  We’ve moved to NYC!  I’m so excited and feel like I’m truly pursuing “the dream” now.  We actually drove from California and have started settling in here.  Such a culture shock, but we’re having a great time!

The Sleeping Beauty

 

This is a “pinch myself” moment, but I’ll be joining American Ballet Theatre (yes ABT) in their world premiere of The Sleeping Beauty directed by Alexei Ratmansky.  I’ll be portraying the Porcelain Princess and a knitting lady.  Performances will be at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Fifty Shades of Grey

 

In honor of Valentine’s Day and of course the release of Fifty Sade of Grey comes a fun new dance piece.  I wanted an opportunity to work with dancer G Madison IV and thought this project was perfect for him!  I had such a blast working with these amazing dancers and I’d highly recommend watching here!

West Side Story

 

I have been cast as Teresita in Riverside Repertory Theatre’s production of West Side Story!  This is such a dancer’s dream!  I’m so excited to work with such an amazing cast!  Check out the preview video that I created for it here!

Sugar Plum Fairies

 

Christmas “Lyndell Style”… so it’s a little dark, but super fun!  I wanted to do my own spin on the dance of the sugar plum fairies.  I partnered again with composer Brian Barrale and I could not be happier with the result.  I had a lot of fun with makeup with this one too.  Check it out here!

Bells

 

Happy Holidays!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I partnered with composer Brian Barrale to create a new version of “Carol of the Bells.”  The dance piece explores every facet of bells from shape to sound.  I usually choreograph with a specific story or plot, but I decided to push myself artistically and center my choreography around an idea: bells.  Enjoy here!

Bones

 

I was featured as a “Bombshell” on the 200th episode of Bones directed by David Boreanaz!  The episode took place in the 1950’s and the costumes and makeup were amazing!  Being a fan of Bones made this experience extra special for me.

Annabelle

 

Happy Halloween!!  I wanted to create a dance video for Halloween with Stretch.  I decided to play with the idea of possessed dolls of course inspired by the horror movie Annabelle.  Each dancer was a different doll from a marionette to Raggedy Ann and Andy.  I was a baby doll.  This piece was such a blast to create!  Check it out here!

Take Me To Church

 

I choreographed a new dance video featuring Stretch Dance Company’s Jillian Dean to the song “Take Me To Church” by Hosier.  I was inspired to explore the idea of believing and loving God while being ostracized by other religious individuals.  Jillian was so brave and amazing at bringing her own experiences to the piece.  You can watch the video here!

NCIS

 

I was featured in NCIS’s season premiere episode “Twenty Klicks!”  It was so fun working on set and meeting Pauley Perrette, Rocky Carroll, Emily Wickersham, Brian Dietzen, and director Tony Wharmby.  Watch the episode here!

Cabaret

 

I’ve been cast as Helga in Crown City Theatre’s production of Cabaret (directed by Gary Lamb – Fion the Fair starring Steve Carell)!  This is my favorite musical of all time and I am so excited to be a part of this production!  We are set to open 09/25/2014!  “Go ahead, ask Helga!”  Watch me in “Two Ladies” here!

Quatre

 

Watch Stretch Dance Company’s newest film short with concept/choreography by myself, here!  To learn more info about the film/concept, visit the IMDb page!

Once Upon A Dream

 

Watch me here in “Once Upon A Dream” dedicated to “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie.  Film also stars Spencer Ralston (How I Met Your Mother). 

Carnival Choreographer’s Ball

 

Stretch Dance Company was invited to perform in Carnival’s movie-themed showcase this month.  We will be featuring “Maleficent!”  I am very excited for this piece as I stretched myself as a choreographer.  Very exciting!  Watch the performance here!

Me and My Girl

 

Come see me perform in Glendale Centre Theatre’s Me and My Girl.  It is a fun-filled, dancing, musical extravaganza!

VarietyCityTV

 

I was featured on VarietyCityTV for my contributions to the arts and for creating new opportunities not only for myself, but for others.  Watch the interview here!  My interviewer is the very kind and talented G Madison IV.

A Christmas Carol

 

Come see me perform in Glendale Centre Theatre’s A Christmas Carol staring Dan Roebuck (Matlock, US Marshals, Lost, Mob City) as Scrooge.  I am featured as the dancing and yet terrifying Ghost of Christmas Yet To Come.  I am extremely excited for this project because I was able to choreograph my own role!

Carnival Choreographer’s Ball

 

Stretch Dance Company was invited to perform at this month’s Carnival.  I created a piece dedicated to promoting human rights and the power of dance to inspire change.  Watch the performance here!  (I performed in this one!)

Shoah Foundation

 

I Have Lived a Thousand Years and I are now featured on the Shoah Foundation’s website.  Check it out here!  (The Shoah Foundation was created by Steven Spielberg in order to work to preserve survivor testimonies.)

I Have Lived A Thousand Years – 08/31/2013

Stretch Dance Company’s first show, I Have Lived a Thousand Years, had its first preview performances. To watch a sneak peak of it, click here.  This is such a milestone in my career as this is the first production I created completely from the ground up.  I’m truly proud of this production and am so grateful to be able to finally share it with the public.  It’s been 2 YEARS in the making!!

World Dance Awards

 

The World Dance Awards has announced that I am this year’s “Next Generation Choreographer.” I will be bringing the piece I choreographed for Stretch Dance Company called “Bound for Chicago” to perform at the award ceremony October 14th. To watch “Bound for Chicago,” click here.

So Cal Dance Invitational

 

My piece “Waiting Room,” was chosen to perform at the So Cal Dance Invitational on September 22.  To watch “Waiting Room,” click here.  “Waiting Room” is dedicated to the struggles of those whose loved ones are suffering from an illness or disease.  This was a very tough piece to create for me and the dancers, but speaks volumes to all who see it.

Crazy for You

 

I have been cast as a Zangler Girl in Downey Civic Light Opera’s production of Crazy for You!  It will be performing September 27th-October 14th.

Master Class

I was invited by the cast of Aladdin and Hairspray at the Tuacahn Center for the Arts in Utah to teach a jazz master class. I focused on classic jazz, strengthening, and technique and had so much fun working with such a talented and dedicated group of professional performers!

Carnival Choreographer’s Ball

 

My dance company was invited to perform at Carnival Choreographer’s Ball on June 27th at the Avalon in Los Angeles. I choreographed a new contemporary piece for this performance.

Still Life

 

I have been chosen to choreograph the short film entitled “Still Life” for the New York Film Academy.  This film illustrates a world where dance is the only means of communication and one man struggles with his inability to dance. Filming completion projected for June 2012.  Click here for a preview.

New Dance Company!

 

I am currently in the process of the development of a professional dance company, Stretch Dance Company, to be located in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, please visit the website.  I can’t wait to start creating pieces collectively and working with dancers consistently to push myself as an artist.

S.T.R. Dance® Summer Dance Concert

S.T.R. Dance® presented “Generation Y,” a summer dance concert featuring choreography by myself and students Kendra Schmid, Samantha Willard, Katie Williams, and Maggie Williams. The production was dedicated to the triumphs and trials of Generation Y with a wide variety of pieces ranging from tap to hip hop. The show ended with a finale piece dedicated to SYTYCD and choreographer Wade Robson with a rendition of his piece performed to “Ramalama (Bang Bang)” by: Róisín Murphy.  Click here to watch the finale.

 Master Class

 

The Hirschl School of Dance Arts invited me to teach a jazz Master Class to their ballet company, Sunrise Ballet. The two-hour class was designed to give the ballet company members experience with jazz warm-up exercises, technique, and a combination to stretch their abilities as dancers and of course to also have fun.

 Once Upon a Mattress

Mattress

 

Off the Wall Theatre Company has completed their run of the musical Once Upon A Mattress with choreography by me. This show was a fun and energetic depiction of the musical version of Princess and the Pea and featured Medieval Dance, ballet, pointe, and a jazz piece inspired by Matt Mattox’s original portrayal of the Jester.