Training and Awards


American Chinese Martial Arts Academy, San Francisco, CA — Black Belt, Instructor training program, 8-Step Preying Mantis Kung Fu, Shyun Style T’ai Chi, Acupressure & Chi Gung, 1998
San Francisco School of Circus Arts, trained in Trapeze and Silk, 1999-2000
San Francisco School of Massage, San Francisco, CA — Myofascial release, 1999
San Francisco School of Massage — Dynamic Stretching & Mobilization, 2001
San Francisco School of Massage — Barefoot Shiatsu, 2003
National Holistic Institute, Oakland, CA — Advanced Deep Tissue Work: “Deep Tissue & Somatic Techniques for Releasing the Trunk”, 2004
National Holistic Institute — Lymphatic Massage, 2005
Morton College Biology Department, Cicero, IL — Cadaver Lab, Dissection & Systems: Nervous, Musculoskeletal and Circulatory Systems, 2006
Impact Chicago — 30 hour self defense course, 2006

Awards, Competitions & Performances
2016 April: Finals (as a lead), Jack & Jill, Blues Shout, Chicago Illinois
2016 March: First Place, Jack & Jill; Finals, Strictly (as a lead), Mission Fusion Extravaganza, Fremont California
2015 December: Finals (ad a lead), Strictly, Lindy Focus, Asheville North Carolina
2015 April: Finals (as a lead), Jack & Jill, Blues Shout, Chicago Illinois
2014 July: First Place Strictly, Invitational with John Joven, Nocturne Blues, New York City, New York
2014 September: Finalist, Blues Muse, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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2011 September: First place (as a lead) Jack & Jill with Laney Barhaugh; Second place Strictly Blues with Nick Davis at Northstar Blues, Minneapolis Minnesota
2011 August: First place Solo Blues Cuttin’; First place Slow Strictly with John Joven; Second place Champions Division with Chris Mayer; Finalist Expert Jack & Jill at BluesShout, Boston, Massachussets
2011 April: First place, Solo Cuttin’ Contest at Urban Blues Recess, Portland Oregon
2010 November: Third Place, Solo Cuttin’, Third Place Strictly Blues with Justin Riley at Emerald City Blues Festival, Seattle Washington
2010 April: First place, Solo Blues Cuttin’ Contest; Second Place, Juke Joint Strictly with John Joven at BluesShout in Austin.
2010 March: First place in Jack & Jill (as a lead) with Lisa Paladin at Steel City Blues Festival, in Pittsburgh.
2010 February: Third place in Jack & Jill with Paul Mandel at Sweet Molasses Blues in Boston
2010 February: Northeast Girljam, performed in “Skirts and Skins” – a solo jazz piece choreographed by Mike Leggett, starring Joy Arico, Julie Brown, Kara Fabina, Mike and Ruby
2009 November: First place, Solo Blues Cuttin’ Competition at Emerald City Blues in Seattle
2009 October: First place in Jack & Jill with Dan Rosenthal at Blues Muse in Philadelphia
2009 October: Voted dancer’s choice at Blues Muse for “Most Amusing Lead”
2009 May: Third place in the Strictly Ballroomin’ division with John Joven at BluesShout in Chicago
2008 November: Second place in Jack & Jill with Chris Mayer at Emerald City Blues Festival in Seattle
2008 June: Debut Performance of the “Lil’ Smokies,” a Jazz and Blues dance troupe at Down Home BluesShout in San Francisco. Group members included Aimee LeMaster and Rachel Singer for a smokin’ hot performance of When The Lights Go Out by The Black Keys
2008 January: Began training with Breakbone Dance Company
2007 Second place, Jack & Jill with Stryder Crown at Denver Blues Summit
2007 Jack & Jill Finalist with “Chocolate” Jeff Washington at Blues-Shout in St. Louis
2007 Blues Rising in San Francisco: Jack & Jill Finalist
2003 Member of SFBounce a flying Lindy-Hop Troupe
2003 member of Hot Pink Feathers, a Samba Burlesque troupe
2003 member of the Oaktown Alligators, a Balboa troupe coached by international champions, Steve Garrett and Heidi Salerno
1998 Choreographer and Performer in Miss Ooh La La’s Cabaret, with choreographer, Krista DeNio
1995-1998 Regular Cabaret performer at “In Bed with Fairy Butch”