About Mandy (she/her)
Mandy is a dance artist, a Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist, and Global Somatics™ Practitioner with a B.A. in Theatre/Dance from Luther College. Her passion to investigate the body in relation to rural/urban landscapes continues to open new spaces and places within herself. She has her roots in many different modalities - Global Somatics,™ Body-Mind Centering,™ Craniosacral Therapy, Reiki, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Contact Improvisation and Contemporary Dance. Mandy brings over 3 decades of dancing, performing and embodiment to her work.
As a dance artist, Mandy has been performing, choreographing and teaching through the lens of Contact Improvisation and Somatic explorations for over 20 years primarily throughout the midwestern states of the U.S . For 6 years in the Twin Cities she has shown work and performed at the MN Fringe Festival, Colonial Warehouse Building, The Soap Factory, The Bottling House, Bryant Lake Bowl, Walker Art Center, Southern Theater, Cinema Revolutions Dance Film Project, and at residency at Knox College, IL. She has performed with Black Earth Collaborative Arts, Rosy Simas Danse, the BodyCartography Project among others. She co-founded the Ready At Will Dance Collective (RAW) and WEdances, both site-based dance ensembles performing everywhere but the stage. Mandy has worked with mixed ability populations through dance and art making for 4 years through the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts and with Young Dance, a youth-based contemporary dance company both located in Minneapolis, MN.
She currently teaches somatic improvisation movement classes and creates collaborative site-specific dance work with WEdances in Viroqua, WI. Mandy is also currently part of an international artistic cohort working with the BodyCartography Project. She lives on the ancestral lands of the Sauk, Meskwaki and Ho-Chunk Nations, where she resides with her family.
Recent Dance Performance Works