I am who I have always been — rooted in a Central American lineage of working class campesinos turned small business owners and local ministers. My ancestors cultivated land and people. I was raised by resilient, first generation PhD/Doctorate parents who raised me all over the world and taught me to love books and people.
In my experience as a third culture kid, I didn’t have a choice to be as adaptable to change as I had to be but I realized when I became a young adult that my cross cultural empathy is my greatest gift even though every time we uprooted might have been my biggest heartache.
Displacement is woven into my story, having navigated dissonance and contradiction all my life, culture shock and reverse culture shock. Two things were especially prominent and held me through it all: creativity and faith.
A fervently kinesthetic thinker, my child artist began creating and showcasing routines at home, studios, and community spaces. Eventually this all brought me to performing arts high school where my body grew strong, my artistry began to bloom, and I knew I wanted to be a vocational artist.
As a result of witnessing many long hours of altar calls, Bible studies, and home prayer meetings, I continue to approach art direction with a liturgical, ceremonial lens.
I make dance theater rooted in lived stories, flavored with nostalgia, joy, and longing. I draw from a fusion of movement forms: postmodern, Afro-Latinx diaspora dances, scored improvisation. I create and direct collaboratively, blending movement, sound, text, and non-linear narrative.
I consider the nuances and complexities in the social indicators of performance and presentation. Who is performing? Who is present? Why is it remarkable?
I aim to build community through participatory presentation. I aim to offer an invigorating experience in which the abundance of creating, performing, and witnessing artful vision through dance theater leads to transformation.
I am who I have always been — passionate about storytelling and community building through dance. I express this as a choreographer-facilitator-activist invested in formation, healing, and social justice.