Dancer | Choreographer | Creative Director | Pilates Instructor
Hometown: Denver, CO
Current City: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Dancer, Choreographer, Creative Director, & Pilates Instructor
Dance Affiliations: Go 2 Talent Agency (2017)
Education: California Institute of The Arts, BA in Dance & Choreography (2014)
Dance is a form of expressing who you are; the movement of the soul anytime you hear music or how you walk through would is your soul movement—how your spirit talks. Everyone is a dancer, everyone is a mover.
Dance means LIFE. I am constantly moving and dance has been an outlet for me to move even in a form of meditation. There is movement in everything that we do from the moment we wake up and even in our dreams.
I started dancing as soon as I could walk. I trained at Dance Movement, the dance studio owned by my mom. In 2009, Dance Movement closed and I began training at Artistic Fusion while attending Denver School of the Arts for middle school and high school.
Ballet, pointe, tap, then hip-hop, jazz, modern, acrobatics, lyrical, poms, African, flamenco, salsa, ballroom and b-boying. I am Currently training in house and popping, trying to submerge myself in the fundamentals
Modern dance because I feel the most comfortable and most myself. I am also learning to feel better with free-styling.
My mom kept me in class and kept me grounded. She would let me try other things, but she knew deep down I enjoyed performing.
My constant growth through dance—seeing the next steps beyond dancing as a Choreographer and Creative Director creating Dance for the Camera.
Martha Graham! The great, GREAT Martha Graham. I love Martha. That’s my girl! Batsheva, Hofesh Schector, Pina Bausch The Seaweed Sisters, Tony Testa, Bob Fosse, and my sister Jordan Saenz! I look up to Jordan so much and I tell her and she gets all “whatever” but, seriously, my sister is my biggest inspiration. I have always admired how she dances.
My first professional gig occurred when I was 10. I auditioned for Dragon Tales Live! They were looking for kids to go on a 10-month tour to sing and dance. I did a live audition then a taped audition. I went on the east coast and west coast tours, and then to South Korea! I played the little boy Max from the PBS cartoon. That show was all about the kids being the focal point which made it so special.
I staged “The Process of Remembering” at the Choreographer’s Carnival in Los Angeles. The piece is about ancestry and praying. The fact that as we are living right now, we are becoming ancestors. I identify as indigenous. When you speak or sing your native tongue, it is a prayer. It is sacred and it is medicine for anyone who hears it. I pushed myself to sing the song live. I practiced with my vocal coach. I was asked before the show about having a microphone, but I thought it woud take away from the performance. I was placed at the beginning of the show and I never seen Carnival that silent before. I really did command the room. I start with my eyes closed at first and when the ancestors move out from behind me I open my eyes and that’s when it was the quietest. It felt amazing. I felt that my ancestors were there. I felt that my prayers were heard and that was m prayer for our dance community.
The process of teaching the choreography was easy because I left everything flow naturally I did not force anything. I had a kickass cast of women who were so beautiful. I was a little nervous because I didn’t have the entire cast together until tech rehearsal so I had to learn how to let go. It challenged me in a new way to push me to new experiences to remind me to trust in my voice, in my dancers, in the universe, and The Creator to let things flow as they are supposed to be.
I want to shed light on things that people would not normally know about while speaking my truth and really transforming the norm for this industry and bringing myself into it.
I am doing a full-length evening show of The Process of Remembering birthed from the short film on March 23, 2019 in Los Angeles. It is a fundraising show because I am working on taking the film on tour as an all immersive experience in art galleries. I have four cities booked right now—Denver, Colorado, Taos, New Mexico, St. Paul Minnesota and we are bringing the show back to LA in the beginning of July. I am working on adding Chicago and San Francisco.
I am working on helping people heal through their journey and through self-love, body mind spirit alignment while sharing my experience as well. The LA fundraiser show will help with travel costs, equipment needed, and bringing other artists with me on tour. The shows on March 23rd are at 5:00PM & 8:00PM at Elements Dance Space. The seating is limited because it is an intimate experience where you will see it firsthand from film to stage, helping me on my journey to help heal people and spread my message.
I teach dance to kiddos and Pilates to kiddos and adults alike. I help them find their strength through movement.
We are all multi-faceted beings, so I incorporate art in my life every day. I am constantly writing in my journal and meditating—most of the time it is movement meditation because I do not like being still. There is art all over my walls in my room. I am constantly creating and writing poems. I am singing all of the time. I have a ton of voice notes because anytime I feel a little tune, I will record it. I just love art. I cannot imagine a world without it.
It has helped me move through the hard things that I cannot express—especially creating work on camera that resonates with me and on stage. I am a very personal and vulnerable person. I am not scared to share my story with people because it helps me to heal and at the end of the day that’s what we all need so that we can inner-stand to understand.
Dance has challenged me in every way possible. It is like your own university or walk in life. How you dance is how you are in real life. Go take an improv or freestyle class. All of your insecurities—how you move when you decide to move—if you pay attention to that kind of stuff you will learn because it all translates. It helps me to move through a lot of things and find different things about myself.
Let’s change the industry! There is room for all of us. There is growth for all of us. There is room for all of our voices and everything that we want to do. I want for us to find our truth, live in our truth, heal, and help each other heal and create MORE love in our community. Let’s flourish together through LOVE.