Photo by Michelle Zimmerman
Emotions are the major influence in my work. When I share my art work I am often looking to create inwards reflection, and to inspire a desire to change for the good. I think that the purpose of art is to encourage positive growth in society. Dance is a lesser-experienced art form, especially in North America, where it has evaporated from regular social activities. I hope to make every dance student of mine find the joy of dancing they likely experienced as a care-free child. And when I am performing and creating, I hope to touch upon both the uplifting and disturbing emotions as my audience brings their own histories and imaginations into their interpretations of the movement and relationships created through movement. I love stories. As I develop as an artist I have become more interested in using my voice and my body in the stories I create in movement. Let me tell you a bit about my story...
I was raised in beautiful Muskoka, my family home on the waters of Lake Muskoka, Gravenhurst. I grew up playing in the woods, often ankle deep in a creek, berry picking, or creating adventurous stories while hiking through the forests and old abandoned farm fields.
I lived and breathed dance from the age of 4. With my mother teaching me ballet in our basement, lessons in all styles of dance at the local studio, and supplemental classes taken at a studio miles away, it was a way of life. I made sure to also squeeze in the other fun stuff-music lessons and sports...and of course I wouldn't be a small town girl without my fair share of bush parties.
I moved to Toronto with my mind set on becoming a Ballet Teacher. And that's the first thing I did.
Living and dancing in Toronto opened my eyes up to contemporary dance. My heart opened and I've been falling down the rabbit hole ever since.
Contemporary Dance has really made me who I am today. Performing and learning contemporary techniques and ideas that dancers seems eternal to me. It is a kaleidoscope. There are so many facets and angles. It keeps me young, and makes me feel like I have a wise perspective on life at the same time.
photo credits left-right: M. Zimmerman (MZ), O. Yuksuker (OY), OY, J. Yang (JY), JY, OS, archival, MZ, C. Pinkney (CP), OY, archival, archival, archival, archival, archival, OY, MZ, CP, OY, OY