My passion for dance grows from the chilly concrete of Nona Beamer’s lanai underfoot during my hula lessons. It warms up the longer I stand in one spot, slowly shifting my weight from foot to foot, watching a rooster fluff away raindrops from a typical tropical sun shower. From the precision thrills of jazz to the ebullience of salsa, I move to live, write to understand, and breathe to get by. Belly dance finds me in 2001, and, after curiosity deepens into obsession, I begin singing Middle Eastern and world fusion music for other dancers.
The Enrichment Project blossoms out of a personal yearning to explore my own creative potential. in 2010, a group of women agree to answer my curious questions for a year. Across the many intervening years, our understanding of creativity morphs: from noun to verb, from dance and circus stages to the Radical Rituals that alter and infuse our daily lives.
An intense career built largely around training and program management influences the naming of this Enrichment Project; dual degrees in Literature and Philosophy predispose me to asking questions and writing about them. These Enrichment stories are the sorts of re-minders that need re-membering, and polishing them up reveals seven Touchstones, which, if picked up daily, help me follow my insatiable curiosity, my desire to connect diverse communities, and my innate and creative drive to make sense from chaos.
A natural and compelling speaker and instructor– who has taught everywhere from the boardroom to the ballroom to Burning Man– my writing has been featured in past editions of dance publications like Fuse and D-Quad, and, besides my Enrichment musings, I contribute to industry thought leadership on cybersecurity and privacy by tackling topics like trust.
Blessed by a chef-magician of a husband, two cats with outsized personalities, and some sacred space to call home in Atlanta, I’m grateful to be alive and dance whenever I’ve the chance. (I’m especially fond of those 45 seconds alone in an elevator.)