Finding your place is hard as a professional dancer and as a student. Finding what it is that you value about dance and building on that and not just being something for someone else. That was a challenge for me when I first started dancing professionally--holding onto who I am and expanding that really showing people that. I was very shy at first ,and tried to be the best tool in the box for the choreographer or teacher in front of the room. But I think that made me less interesting. I feel like I had a hard time capturing how to be a performer and how to share myself openly. There are always the normal challenges of how I will support myself financially but on a bigger level my challenge was tapping into my sense of self and sticking to it.
I would hope that we have a world where it is understood how fragile the arts are and how important they are and how we are all operating on this tiny thread. I think society believes there will always be a show, not fully understanding how tenuous our work is. I hope there will be more of a structure in place to support art always being more present and constant as well as having a more stable base for it. I think we have also opened a door to how we can share training and performing in a much more open way.
Alice danced and choreographed for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago from 2009-2018. She has choreographed for universities and companies worldwide, has been the winner of numerous choreographic competitions, and was named one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2018. In 2017 she co-founded FLOCK with Florian Lochner, a dance company she now co-directs, choreographs, and dances for. It is her priority to create work with kindness, humanity, and an emphasis on the beauty inherent within each person.