From The Top
From the beginning, I struggled academically. From first grade through twelfth grade, I attended thirteen different schools—and my family never moved. I was slated to repeat first grade because I couldn’t read.
What’s more, I never could catch, see, hit, kick, or dodge a ball. My failures on the court, on the track, in the gym, and in the classroom were nothing compared to what happened on the playground. I was a goofball who spent most of recess playing on the swings alone or sitting inside a classroom to avoid getting beat up by the other kids.
Flap Ball Change
Dance education and the performing arts are the foundation of my life. I grew up dancing at my mother’s studio in New York, The Adele Johnson School of Performing Arts.
I have eight siblings who all know how to execute a mean time step. One of my brothers, Kevin, will swear he taught me everything tap dance. However, one look at his flap ball change reveals the truth.
A pivotal life moment occurred when mother used the word, “opportunity.” This resulted in me attending college.
I earned my BA from the George Washington University. I majored in Political Science because my goal was to be the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate.
While earning my undergrad degree I served as a Congressional Intern on Capitol Hill for a member of the United States House of Representatives.
I moved in 1993 from Washington, DC to Austin and earned an MBA from The University of Texas. I’m a Longhorn.
I worked at various Fortune 500 companies including The Sara Lee Corporation in Winston-Salem.
They recruited me after business school to brand managed a line of panty hose.
I quit after five months because life without show tunes and show business was unbearable.
I’ve authored three books:
- Dance into Life, co-authored with the legendary Joe Tremaine, 2018
- TAP-IN to Your Full Potential, 2010
- Rich by Choice, Poor by Habit, 2004
Rich by Choice, Poor by Habit is out of print. Hard copies are available for sale on line. There’s also an e-book. Here are the links to the paperback and digital versions. Thank you.
I traveled to Guinea, West Africa to study Djembe with Les Percussions de Guinea and Les Ballets Africains. Mother went with me.
Three Sister's Tappin'
I toured with two of my sisters as part of a tap dancing and drumming trio called, Three Sister’s Tappin’. Then my younger sister quit (family drama).
My older sister and I carried on as Two Sister’s Tappin‘. Then she quit. Today I’m A Sister Tappin’.
I am currently on faculty with Tremaine Dance Conventions @Tremainedance and in 2015, won, by national voters’ choice, the Industry Dance Awards title “Favorite Dance Convention Teacher.”
I’m honored to teach the skill of tap dancing.
What started as a personal project designing tap dance shoes for myself blossomed into a 3D printed, on demand headquarters for consumer dance footwear.
Co-create with a team of 3D designers, engineers’, and scientists to develop a 3D printed dance shoe with material that replicates leather without using the actual material.
3D Printed Shoes
3D scanning along with the latest 3D printing innovation to create a tap dance shoe that’s beautiful, comfortable, functional, and recyclable.
Pioneering future fashion-tech to merge art, 3D design, and emerging tech to revolutionize/reinvent the future of dance footwear.
Family, friends, teachers, and colleagues referred to me for years as a first-class, out-to-lunch daydreamer. I’ve been told all my life that I’m on cloud 9.
To that end, preparation is under way to display as a digitalized, Virtual Reality, 3-D avatar who tap dances through the untapped space of the Tapaverse – which of course is in the metaverse . . . somewhere on cloud 9.
I am a Los Angeles based performing artist and I live with my wife, Brie.
We met at a bar/club. She assumed I was part of that evening’s entertainment.
This is how she tells it: “Your teeth were so white. I just assumed you were a singer in the band because you just looked like an artist. I remember watching you on the dance floor and thinking, “She’s gotta be a singer . . . because she certainly ain’t no dancer.”