Artist Statement: I consider myself an improviser rather than a traditional choreographer. Over the past five years, I have focused on solo performances in a variety of locations from the proscenium stage to warehouse spaces to art galleries. These solos exercise a rigorous physicality, a compositional crafting of movement material and space, and manipulations of states of consciousness, but often use a historical context or person to ground the improvisational explorations in an aesthetic or movement vocabulary. The structure or scores I develop for myself depend on the subject matter I am investigating, but I tend to value somatic feeling and energetic expressivity over formal dance virtuosity. My training in ballet, modern dance, hatha yoga, and other mind-body methodologies influence my physicality and movement vocabulary, but my rhythmic sensibilities, sense of musicality and play stem from my enthusiasm for American social dances which possess Africanist aesthetics and sensibilities.