About Maverick

Welcome!  I am a DC based choreographer, professional dancer and teacher with an extensive background in modern, jazz, ballet, African, musical theater and urban styles.  My choreographic work has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Howard University's Ira Aldrich Theater, Georgetown University's Davis Performing Arts Center, the Jack Guidone Theater and area schools.   I am also part Joy of Motion’s Studio to Stage program that brings innovative performance opportunities to adults in the community.

I've danced all my life, beginning my formal training at the Harlem School of the Arts, followed by a scholarship to the Martha Graham School, and pre-professional work with Opus Dance Theatre, LaRocque Bey, and the Ailey School.  After receiving my B.S. from Temple University's Fox School of Business, I served for seven years as a principal dancer for the Philadelphia Dance Company (Phildanco!).  I've also been privileged to dance original works with innovative choreographers such as Christopher Huggins, Ronald K. Brown, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Lynn Taylor Corbett, Geoffrey Holder, Trey McIntyre and Danny Ezrelow, as well as MTV music videos with artists 702 and Aaliyah.  In Washington DC work has included Washington National Opera's Cinderella, The Magic Flute, and La Boheme at the Kennedy Center and regional performances of Dream Girls, 42nd Street, and The Nutcracker.  

I am passionate about sharing the joy of dance through teaching and proud to be a faculty member at Washington DC’s Joy of Motion Dance Center.  In my modern, jazz and performance classes, I strive to create a strong learning environment with great music and movement; a place where students feel comfortable while simultaneously inspired to set goals and push themselves to the next level.

Artist Statement:

My choreographic aesthetic fuses the various dance genres I’ve studied with my own movement body language and my insightful collaborations with other dancers. In my eyes, art is about possibility and helps us see and enjoy the limitless possibilities that manifest in the form.

Through an interaction of elements that include athleticism, rhythms, spirituality, stillness and beauty, choreographing allows me to find my bearings, to make a strong statement or, at times, to have fun. Within the dance community several choreographers have inspired my creative aptitude, instilled my work ethic, and clarified my inner thought and play.  Outside dance, I enjoy many artistic influences and am particularly drawn to the imaginative aspect of surrealist paintings.  The pursuit of artistic expression is important to me, and I am proud of my ability to prod professional and amateur dancers to further develop their personal artistry.

I choreograph because it gives authority to my being. Simply stated, my art is a reflection of me, and it celebrates the possibility of choice.