I absolutely love the Moss Arts Center, and in particular, the Cube. The whole building feels so futuristic, the programs hosted there are cutting edge, and it's rare to find a facility for performance research that is equipped with 360 motion capture cameras, full projections, and directional speakers for artistic research. Because so much of my work centers around the interfaces between the human body and technology, it's like stepping into a dreamscape where my inner creative nerd can be free to imagine new worlds, and then make them real.
Being able to watch my students grow from the beginning of each course to the end. Because I teach movement and dance, this growth is physical and visceral, and involves a type of learning that is so fundamental to our humanity. As a teacher, this embodied learning is a beautiful thing to see.
In elementary school a group of friends and I choreographed a dance to the Backstreet Boys for a talent show. We all wore matching outfits and sunglasses, and spent hours creating the rhythmic arm jabs to go with "Back... Street's... back... alright!" Unbeknownst to my eight year old self, this was a prophetic event in my career.
When I was younger, I played guitar and banjo for shows and wrote my own songs. I played coffee shops and local venues, and even did an opening set once for Tower of Power. You might even catch me singing if you walk by my office in the morning. Also, I grew up on a little farmstead in Roanoke County, VA - so I'm a local boy at heart!