Artistically, what do you do & why do you do it?
I have an enduring love for dance and its power to teach, inspire, heal, and transform. I’ve committed my life to probing the nature of dance and exploring its impact as a creative process. I find excitement in sharing my love of dance with diverse people, from children to seniors. Their unique creativity inspires me to make dances that grow out of our lives. For example, in response to the Watts riots, in a workshop process, I led an all-black and an all-white group to create a performance together, “Ceremony of Us.” When I was stricken with cancer, I used dance as a healing process and shared this with others facing cancer and AIDS. Recently, I conducted the Planetary Dance for Peace with Israelis and Palestinians. I want to integrate life and art, so that as our art expands, our life deepens, and as our life deepens, our art expands.