Mandy holds a degree is Theatre/Dance from Luther College. She a Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist, Global Somatics™ Practitioner, and dance artist. She has her roots in many different somatic 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 throughout the Midwest. 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), a site-based dance ensemble that performs 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-based movement and dance and creates site-responsive dance works in Viroqua, WI. Her passion to investigate the body in relation to rural/urban landscapes continues to open new spaces and places within herself.
Recent Dance Performance Works