“All In My Head” Choreography (Artist: Tori Kelly)

Hey y’all!

So this is my last video of the semester, I feel like it has been an amazing journey at OSU so far and I wanted to cap it off by going back to what I love to naturally do choreographically- create videos that highlight the dance using my own movement voice.

This small work was simply inspired by Tori Kelly’s voice and power within her music. From the moment I heard it, I knew I would eventually make something up to it. It’s funny because just a few years ago, Adele had just come out, and I remember my frustration because I felt like I was not versatile enough as a dancer to do justice to her songs. Now, I believe that I can dance and choreograph to anything my imagination desires, which is perfect timing considering I am exploring my choreographic voice at school. So this work is a testament to the hard work, love, and support that has nourished my growth and brought me to this point!

I hope you all enjoy and take in the beauty that is this song. Blessings.

4 Dimensions


Hey y’all,

This short dance film is my third and final project for my first semester at Ohio State University. The instructor allowed for this project to be completely open, no guidelines or restrictions for our creativity. I found it easy to conjure up an idea; however, I found it challenging to figure out how to make that idea become a reality throughout my filming and editing process. Because of the constant struggle and perseverance throughout this past month, I feel like I was able to create something that I am proud to present to you all.

This short film is inspired by a true event in my life. I was forced into isolation for four hours in a claustrophobic space, yet it felt like an entire day. Thoughts of my loved ones, my past actions, and my future goals were all whizzing through my mind without interruption. No matter how hard I tried, I could not sleep, could not eat, and could not stay still because of the anxiety that started to destroy my psyche while I was contained. Although it was one of the most tragic moments of my life, God helped me to use the experience to turn my life in a positive direction.

I wanted to share this with you all at this time of thankfulness because I am so grateful for this moment in my life and the inspiration it has given me to live better, and to create this film. I hope you all find a connection with something in the story and enjoy the 5-minute experience. Thank you for watching! Blessings.

P.S: Shout-out to the beautiful dancer Julie Kogan! Thank you so much for all your help in this process, I hope this work gives justice to your awesome-ness! Much love!

P.P.S: I wanted to give a shout-out to the amazing Hiphop choreographer, Ellen Kim. I used her choreography from “Back to Cali” by Biggie Smalls that I learned in Washington D.C at a Movement Lifestyle Tour. I really connected with the movement and wanted to experiment with using a Hiphop choreography in a different way.



“Like” and “Ballet” Can Go In the Same Sentence?!


Throughout the first three of five years I have been dancing, nobody could convince that I would remotely enjoy ballet. From the form-fitting tights that showed too much information to the stiff torsos that meandered around the stage, everything about the form disgusted my Hiphop being. I could not wrap my head around how anyone could dance to slow music played by the piano…where are my drums!? Straight legs and pointed feet, I laugh at the thought! Nobody is going to catch me looking like I got a stick up my butt! It did not help that my resistance to ballet went beyond Hiphop. My peers within my undergraduate dance program at Penn State (dirty hippy modern dancers as they liked to call themselves) even despised the possibility of going back to that-which-shall-not-be-named. However, after constant discovery of limitations in my dancing, and hearing many words of wisdom from professional dancers, I decided that my senior year would be dedicated to practicing the bunhead movement.

My senior year of ballet was amazing. I had a wonderful teacher (Spence Ford shoutout!!) and great talent surrounding me through the musical theater department. Although I was improving, and had found peace with ballet, nobody would ever hear me say I liked the thing. I was enjoying the fact that there is a lot of right or wrong within the form. There is not as much room for conceptualization and abstraction. My analytical mind was satisfied that there was a goal to accomplish, and there were specific ways to obtain that goal. Despite that fact, I still was having a hard time dancing! I felt stiff: constantly trying to scoop my stomach, press my sternum in, stand straight, etc, etc.

And then my first course of ballet at The Ohio State University happened… I transferred a level down right after that catastrophe of a class was over. The course was actually amazing, it was just that I could not keep up for the life of me. But, I made a promise to myself that I will survive and thrive in Karen Eliot’s ballet class before my tenure is done at OSU (it’s documented now, so I guess I have to actually do it).

In stepping a level down, I never thought I would enter one of the best dance classes I have ever taken- yes, I said it- A BALLET CLASS WAS ONE OF THE BEST I HAVE EVER TAKEN! Throughout this 2013 Fall semester, I have battled my way through to the point where I now feel like I can dance to some good, soft, balletic music. There were growing pains, but an encouraging instructor (Maria Glimscher shoutout!!), a great cohort of classmates, and an open mind allowed for me to find a deep satisfaction within the beauty of the form. I still cannot get my leg above 90, or turn even two or three times without stumbling, and Lord knows petit allegro has me looking like a fish out of water; however, I can express who I am through ballet movement, and I feel as though that is a breakthrough that will go down as an ultimate highlight of my OSU dance career once I graduate.