I am a dance artist, educator, and scholar navigating spaces of contemporaneity, hybridity, and globalization. I currently serve on faculty at Columbia College Chicago, perform with Natya Dance Theatre, and create/perform my own work under Kalpana/Draves Dance Collective.
I approach choreography as a research tool, and performance as an ephemeral exchange between audience and artist. My work utilizes a hybrid vocabulary culled from my training in modern, ballet, and bharatanatyam dance forms with underlying somatic concepts. And, I am most interested in stories of transformation.
My choreographic work has been presented around the midwest, New York City, and the United Kingdom with grant support received from the Chicago Dancemakers Forum, Puffin Foundation, Links Hall, and the Chicago Cultural Center. Scholarly work has been presented at New York University and World Dance Alliance-Americas. In 2013, I curated the Braiding Rivers Festival – a three-weekend performance series that brought together ten dance-theatre companies to showcase the significant voices of artists across the United States dialoguing with Indian dance forms.
At Columbia College Chicago, I teach dance studies and technique courses. I have also taught on faculty at Northwestern University and Carthage College. I regularly enjoy guest teaching and choreography residencies at other universities, the American College Dance Association, and Illinois High School Dance Festivals.
I hold a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Bachelor of Arts in dance and sociology/anthropology from Denison University, and a Graduate Laban Certificate in Movement Analysis from Columbia College Chicago.