Mingus Moves, a production of the CalArts Dance Ensemble under the artistic direction of the brilliant Cristyne Lawson. Christine choreographed this playful quartet, which was set on my beloved mentor Rebecca Bobele, the always-magnificent Kurt Weinheimer, my soul sister Dawn Stoppiello and myself. Rebecca and Kurt were my dance teachers while I was a student at Cal Arts. They both played significant roles in shaping my life as a professional Dance Artist. I had minimal support from my family and they each filled in the gaps were my family fell short. In the summer Rebecca took me to her Summer school classes that she taught in various community colleges and dance studios, which enabled me to continue to study dance over the summer. Kurt allowed me to live in his apartment while he spent the summers away, which meant that I could afford to work less and dance more. To be able to share the stage with my two teachers whom I loved so dearly was one of the greatest honors I have ever had as a dance artist. I will forever be grateful to Christine for casting me her Dance. Dawn and I have gone on to be life long friends and we have shared the stage many times. I have always said that dancing with Dawn feels like magic, it is as if one breath were being breathed between the two of us. Dancing this quartet was an amazing affirmation moment in time, something about it felt like my future coming to life. I’ll always remember the look of pride from my classmates and their kind words spoken to me upon exiting the stage. It felt as if collectively they all projected out into the universe that I was ready for the world outside of the protective walls of Cal Arts. Together they declared that I was ready to dance. It was a bittersweet moment - my last dance as a Cal Arts student of Dance.