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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!)
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.)
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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® 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.
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.
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.