In high school, I began training Chinese Kung Fu, Tai Chi Chuan, Ba Gua Zhang in my home state of North Carolina, in Taipei, and in Beijing. In 2013, I began studying dance with faculty teaching at the American Dance Festival. My dance work is an ongoing investigation of how approaches to improvisation such as Gaga, Contact Improvisation, and William Forsythe's Improvisation Technologies can push traditional martial arts movement into the realm of contemporary dance. In 2017, I completed an MFA in Dance at the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) and have since presented work at the North Carolina Dance Festival, the Midwest Alternative Dance Festival, the Richmond Dance Festival, the Fact/SF Summer Dance Festival, UrBANGUILD Kyoto, the University of Malta, and the Performance Philosophy biennial meeting hosted by the University of Amsterdam.
[The photography on this site has been generously provided by Aspen Hochhalter and Diane Mowrey]
I studied West-African drumming, jazz drums, and mallet percussion while pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy. In 2012, I began composing music for dance and accompanying dance classes at the American Dance Festival, the Charlotte Ballet and the University of North Carolina Charlotte.
I received a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of South Carolina in 2005 and wrote my dissertation on the intersection of the philosophy of embodiment and John Dewey's philosophy of art. In 2007, I began teaching full-time at Queens University of Charlotte and have taught classes such as Philosophy of Art, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy Through Film, Philosophy of Embodiment, Chinese Philosophy, Eastern and Western approaches to Mindfulness, Ethics, and Political Performance.
My scholarly work currently centers on the ethics and effectiveness of political concert dance, ecstatic states cultivated in Appalachian charismatic Pentecostalism, the relationship between Pragmatist philosophy, embodiment, and interdisciplinary performance research, as well as on improvisation across artistic disciplines and the relationship between fashion theory and dance costuming.