Dance Activist. Community Organiser.
Conductor of The Joy Express.
Host Strictly Fun Dancing (in my head)
Let’s get the world moving & giggling together.
I am a dance activist and community organiser from Philadelphia, PA, USA based in Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland for over 20 years. I am interested in creating moments and reminders that build empathy and connect us to our individual and collective power to reinforce and manifest a joyous and loving world.
Much of my work is durational in nature- dances that, days or even years, involving in many and creative ways hundreds and thousands of people. Although trained formally in dance and performance much of what I do is outside of cultural/creative institutions whose systemic operations are exclusive by their very unwieldy management and hierarchal structures. Much of what I do is 'hidden' in that it is not announced via media channels (though captured more often these days with social media) aiming instead to inform and enlighten live moments. I am vested in supporting a joyful and loving world, reminding us all we have infinite power and miracles in ever cell of our being.
I have had three of my 'events' go viral around the world. Most recently a video of me dancing as a joyful Christmas tree around the streets of my neighbourhood of Pollokshields Scotland. Over the darkest week of the year I danced 60km, simultaneously bringing much joy to those witnessed it and also raising money for local primary schools.
Currently I have a daily dance practice of dressing as the Wally/Waldo characters from 'Where's Waldo/Wally' series which I intend to carry on until the first day of spring 21 March 2021. At any time Wally can be 'found' in the local environment, if people *choose* to witness.
In 2010 I received a commendation from the Scottish Parliament for my 2-year dance practice along the Glasgow River Clyde, earning me the title of ‘Glasgow’s Morning Dancer’ as well as my two year project with the NGO FunforLife in Sri Lanka delivering dance workshops to children during and after the war.
In the 2019 coverage of my performance happening "Four Corners" which got 500 children dancing on the streets as part of Dance International Glasgow (Tramway with the Work Room) and had another global viral video with Nicola Sturgeon dancing as part of the project, journalist Paul English referred to me as 'part of the civic architecture of Glasgow"
I received my Masters in Drama from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (Now the Royal Conservatoire) and BA (theatre and sociology) from Franklin & Marshall College (PA, USA). I am a member of Actor’s Equity, The Work Room (Glasgow’s Independent Centre for Dance) and IADMS (International Association for Dance Medicine and Science).