Dancer | Doula | Writer | Movement Facilitator | Visionary Space Activator
Creative Movement & Writing Facilitation
~Community Enrichment Programs~
New Mommy Writers’ Workshop | Washington, DC & Virtual ● July 2014—present ● Creator & Facilitator ● Leading dialogue circles about developing the writing practice, constructing writing exercises, and designing writing prompts for mothers interested in cultivating their own writing processes.
Community Movement Clinic | Washington, DC ● October 2012—present ● Producer & Movement Facilitator ● Facilitate ongoing dance classes and workshops for the community to investigate themes relevant to wellness, stress relief, collaborative projects, and community issues through movement; create and implement movement processes for participants to explore and identify effective strategies for feeling healthy, happy, and whole in their bodies.
Trinidad & Tobago Community Dance Residency | Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago ● November 2010—March 2011 ● Artist-in-Residence & Dance Facilitator ● Produced and facilitated 4 months of community space activation labs, creative movement programs for schools, local artist collaborations, and community dance workshops in Trinidad.
“Dancing Our Power” Summer Dance & Leadership Program for Teen Girls | Washington, DC ● Summer 2009 ● Program Creator & Director ● Designed and facilitated movement-based curriculum for teenage girls to explore themes of leadership and empowerment through dance, writing, and personal development workshops.
Survivors Jubilee Dance Initiative | New Orleans, LA ● Summer 2006 ● Dance Activist & Movement Coordinator ● Facilitated dance for youth and adult residents of Post-Katrina New Orleans; organized creative movement activities for adult volunteer groups.
~Teaching Artist for Youth~ | Designing and facilitating interactive creative movement and play programs for youth (ranging from 2 to 18 years of age) that incorporate dance, other art forms, and the participant’s imagination.
Community/Artist Partnership Program with Alternate Routes, for the Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Program at the Bon Secours of Maryland Foundation ● Baltimore, MD ● Fall 2011
Higher Achievement Program ● Washington, DC ● Summer 2011
Sasha Bruce Summer Youth Enrichment ● Washington, DC ● Summer 2010
Lowell Summer Camp ● The Lowell School, Washington, DC ● Summer 2009
Project My Time with the City Youth Investment Trust Corporation ● Lincoln Middle School, Washington, DC ● Winter/Spring 2009
Additional Creative Movement for Youth in Washington, DC area schools ● St. Alban’s Early Childhood Center, Spring/Summer 2007 ● African Immigrant & Refugee Foundation for Cardozo Senior High, April—June 2007 ● Hope Community Charter School, Spring 2007 ● Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Performing Arts, July 2005-May 2007, July 2008 ● Higher Achievement Program, Summer 2003 ● Berean Baptist Church Dance Ministry, 1998-2005
~Creative Movement for Adults~
Healing Doctor/Feeling Doctor Program at Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, DC ● 2011 & 2012 ● Devising and presenting dance and creative movement activities for doctors ● Collaborating with art therapists to create a comprehensive workshop curriculum.
“Crossing the River” with The Rebecca Project for Human Rights
Washington, DC & Baltimore, MD ● December 2007-June 2010 ● Implementing movement into written and spoken word workshops for people in recovery from substance abuse; facilitating dance, breath, and relaxation processes at prisons and rehabilitation centers.
Music & Movement Therapy for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools
Knoxville, TN & Rochester, NY ● Summer 2008 ● Instructed Freedom School teachers on methods for utilizing movement in their classrooms; facilitated dance workshops for youth in the Freedom Schools; organized movement sessions for national training conference.
Doula Work Experience
~Pre-Certification Services~ | Multiple families ● 2007—present ● Designing movement programs for pregnant clients; attending births and assisting as a birth coach; providing postpartum support for mothers and their families.
~Provisional Doula Certificate~ | International Center for Traditional Childbearing ● Portland, OR ● March 2013—present
Education, Training & Original Research
International Center For Traditional Childbearing ● Portland, OR ● March 2013 ● Full Circle Doula Training, Studied historical context of midwifery, diverse birth processes, the role of the community doula, and birth and postpartum doula care.
Zilphia III Cultural Arts Organizing Institute ● Highlander Research & Education Center, TN ● May 2012 ● Explored intersections and applications of arts and cultural practices within social justice movements
The Kennedy Center’s Artist as Educators Seminar ● Washington, DC ● June 2012 & December 2011 ● Invited to participate in “Anatomy of a Lesson: Designing Instruction”, “Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration” and “Mapping the Journey: Planning Effective Residencies for Students” ● Successfully completed seminar and devised an arts-integrated curriculum.
Advancing Youth Leadership Training Seminar ● Washington, DC ● January 2009 ● Learned strategies for maximizing youth participation and enthusiasm and alternatives to adultist approaches.
International Association for Human Values ● New Orleans, LA ● June-August, 2006 ● Youth Leadership Training Program ● Studied and shared stress and trauma-relief tools using breathing exercises with survivors of Hurricane Katrina; implemented outreach campaigns.
Urban Bush Women Summer Dance Institute ● Brooklyn, NY July 2004 & 2005 ● Community Arts Practicum ● Explored tools needed to design arts programming with communities.
The College of William & Mary ● Williamsburg, VA, May 2004 ● Bachelor of Arts Degree in African Diaspora Studies, Minor in Dance ● Studied modern dance; produced original research and choreography.
Senior Honors Thesis, High Honors Recipient ● November 2003-May 2004 ● “Inverting the Primitive: An Analysis of Pearl Primus’ “Re/presentation” of African Dance Forms” ● Designed research project to explore Primus’ innovative methods of studying, teaching, and articulating the diversity and intricacies of African dance forms.
Quest for Global Peace & Healing Conference | Ubud, Bali, Indonesia ● May 2006 ● Dance Facilitator ● Designed dance workshops for international conference; collaborated with global youth advocates on peace-building strategies.
National Dance Company of Ghana ● Accra, Ghana ● April 2003 ● Interned with F. Nii Yartey, Artistic Director ● Researched choreographic methodologies and cross/inter-cultural teaching styles.
Ghana Arts & Culture Semester Abroad Program ● School for International Training, Spring 2003 ● “Dancing Out the Slave: Exploring the Creative Processes of Artistic and Cultural Memory of Trans-Atlantic Slavery.” ● Studied Ghanaian artists’ ways of remembering Trans-Atlantic slavery through movement and theatre; choreographed original work for dance majors at the University of Ghana, Legon about interactions between African people reconnecting from different parts of the Diaspora.
“Cornrows” in Woman’s Work ● Short story included in an anthology of women writers’ July 2010, GirlChild Press.
Honors & Awards
Dance DC Festival Facilitator 2008, 2010 & 2011 Dance Workshops; Larry Neal Writer’s Award for short stories, 2008 “Chloe Mae”, 2010 “Eden This Time” & 2011 “We Lost Pauline”; Best of DC City Paper Awards Dance Facilitator for Awards Ceremony March 2010.