Paddling on the Chippewa River
Having grown up in Berkeley, CA, I grew up with a deep appreciation for varied cultural, ethnic, and political perspectives. A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, California State University-Hayward, and UC San Francisco, I greatly value the education provided by public schools and am now an alumni donor.
Following in my mother's footsteps, I've become a dancer and dance instructor, having performed on TV, in regional shows such as SF's Dance Between the Lines, and competed nationally on Dance Fever. Instructional credits include teaching at the Shawl-Anderson Center in Berkeley, Cal State Hayward, and contributing author and model for How to Jitterbug, by John Javna.
At the Premiere of "Swing,"
Choreographed With Jessica Weber
After receiving my Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, I accepted a postdoctoral position at the University of Washington in Seattle. My wife, whom I met at a UC Berkeley Ballroom Dance Club event, then moved to the Puget Sound area, where we started a family.
We now live in the upper midwest town of Eau Claire, where I teach and conduct research at the University of Wisconsin. My wife and I are very active in issues of human environmental health and resource conservation, and have made warm new friends through the University, conservation groups, and social dance events.
Choreography in Eau Claire
I've been fortunate to be able to choreograph one show (Swing!) for the Eau Claire Children's Theatre and nine (Cats, Mame, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, Good News, My Fair Lady, A Christmas Carol, Jesus Christ Superstar and West Side Story) for the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild.
A talented and insightful young writer, Abi Zimmer, wrote an article about my choreography in the context of masculine dance which appeared in the Nov. 1, 2007 issue of Volume One magazine. (Article is copyrighted by Volume One.)