I studied West-African drumming, jazz drums and mallet percussion while pursuing degrees in philosophy in college and graduate school. I began writing music for dance and accompanying dance classes in 2012, was an accompanist at American Dance Festival in the summers of 2013, 2014, and 2017 and regularly accompany dance classes at the Charlotte Ballet.
I studied philosophy as an undergraduate at Winthrop University and went on to receive a Ph.d from the University of South Carolina in 2005, writing my dissertation on the intersection of the philosophy of the body and John Dewey's philosophy of art. I began teaching full-time at Queens University of Charlotte in 2004 and have taught classes in Philosophy of Art, Chinese Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of the Body, and Philosophy through Film.
I have published essays on a range of topics in academic journals including Dance Research Journal, Performance Philosophy, Dance Chronicle, Journal of Aesthetic Eduction, Teaching Philosophy, Contemporary Aesthetics, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Dao: A Journal of Comparative Philosophy, and Journal of Speculative Philosophy.
I began studying Chinese Kung-fu, Taichiquan, Baguazhang, and Xingyiquan in high school, training in North Carolina, Taipei (Taiwan) and Beijing (China). I studied Gaga in Tel Aviv in the summer of 2014, and continue to learn from a range of dance artists at American Dance Festival in the summers. In the fall of 2015 I was a resident artist at Goodyear Arts (Charlotte, NC), presented "Later Rain" at Black Mountain College Museum and, in 2016, "Phasings" was featured on the touring North Carolina Dance Festival. I recently completed an MFA in Dance at the University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee).