I grew up in the suburbs of northern Chicago, where I primarily studied ballet. I occasionally took classes at the Joffrey and other surrounding schools in the Chicagoland area and attending intensives in Arizona. During my junior year in high school I was in a severe accident and fractured both ankles and had to learn to walk again. Doctors told me I would never dance and that even walking was going to be a long battle. I had road rash to such an extreme degree amputation was even discussed.
Depressed yet determined, I learned to walking again and finally started to dance again during college. I studied dance at Alma College in Michigan and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dance performance.
In college I attended the American College Dance Association and was able to perform and take class, as well as audition for American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina where I took their summer intensive. That was really the turning point in my life where I finally felt like I could have a career as a professional dancer.
I studied modern, improv and hip hop with Nia Love, Paul Matteson, and Aqua Boogie and many other mentors. I also performed under Julia “Zenzie” Burnham at the international choreographer’s concert. I was blessed with seeing many live incredible performances from all over the world at this intensive. The friendships and connections I made were “once in a lifetime; and seeing the dancers I was working with, and where they are now is indescribable.
After college, I travelled to Denver, Colorado for vacation and ended up auditioning there. Months later I moved to Colorado and have worked with several dance companies. I also teach at multiple studios throughout the Denver area.