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Widows…Temporarily
Directed by: Kristen Jeppsen Groves
Dancers and Military Spouses: Melissa Baker, Veronica Hovander, Brittany Starr, and Erica Constancio
Music: “Hallelujah” by Vitamin Strings Quartet
Location: Vicenza,Italy

Widows, Temporarily is a short dance film I created for the Artist, Interrupted national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. It premiered last weekend at the “Initial Impressions” dance concert which included 26 dance artists who each explored a different letter of the alphabet under a time limit of 1 minute and 30 seconds. My letter was W and I focused on “women, waiting, war, wives, wishing”, and of course, “Widows…Temporarily.”

Special thanks to my friends and fellow military spouses: Melissa Baker, Veronica Hovander, Brittany Starr, and Erica Constancio for their work and willingness to create the film.

A few of my favorite performances…

Yep…took me long enough to get some of this video on my performance page, but here it is. Segments from works by Bebe Miller’s “How to Remember” and Susan Hadley’s “Blue Grass”. Watching the performances made me itch to dance live again soon. Check out other performances on my Performance page.

“Blue Grass” Susan Hadley, Dance Downtown 2009

“How to Remember” Bebe Miller, Dance Downtown 2010

“Widows, Temporarily” premiers at Artist, Interrupted “Initial Impressions” March 23, 2012 at the Sugar Space in SLC.


“Widows, Temporarily” is a dance film I directed and choreographed with a group of current military spouses stationed in Vicenza, Italy. The film is continuation of my military arts work I have been exploring since May 2011. The work will be presented at the national Artist, Interrupted performance “Initial Impressions” on March 23, 2012 at the Sugar Space in Salt Lake City. Two performances that evening at 6:00 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.! If you are in Utah, please support the A.I. artists!

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“The People’s Evolution” presented at BYU’s DancEnsemble concert, March 16-17, 2012

I re-set “The People’s Evolution” for Brigham Young University’s DancEnsemble concert, March 16-17, 2012. Resetting work is always a bit surreal simply because artistic style and ideas change over time with experience. It is often amusing to review old work and rediscover why and how the work was created. The cast of six dancers at BYU worked exceptionally fast and performed the piece well. The work will be presented again at the “Cover the Night” on April 20th, 2012.

Along with setting my work, I taught master classes for two different technique classes. BYU has stellar technical dancers so I tried to offer some new perspectives to dance training and performance by focusing on the following elements in my master classes: violence, thrust, propulsion, body problems, and risk. After a few classes I saw many of the students access a rawness and efficiency in their movement that allowed them to increase their range and break limits of their dance habits. It was a very rewarding teaching experience. A special thanks to Pam Musil and Marilyn Berrett for arranging my wonderful guest artist experience at BYU!