Like most of the artists I know, I'm a jack of all trades. Dancing has always been my main squeeze, but my other loves include choreography, teaching, arts administration, somatic body work and cultural exchange. I hold a BA in Dance & Political Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
I'm originally from Boulder, Colorado, where I found and honed my love of dance at Motion Underground, Artistic Fusion Dance Academy and Boulder Ballet. I began my professional dance career in San Francisco, where I have had the privilege of performing with RAWdance, Printz Dance Project, David Herrera Performance Company,viv, Nhan Ho Project and ZiRu Dance, as well as choreographing my own work in collaboration with Project Tremolo. In my work with ZiRu Dance, I have toured twice in China, performing works by Liu Yi Feng, Sunny Shen, Yuri Zhukov, Shaylen Keller, Philein Wang, Scott Putnam and Charles Anderson. I have also had the joy of working on the other side of things as an arts administrator with Dancers' Group, Hope Mohr Dance, Mark Foehringer Dance Project SF, Catherine Galasso, Bandaloop and Ledges and Bones.
My dance journey has given me a never-ending fascination and reverence for the human body. In addition to completing basic training in Massage Therapy, I have had the unique opportunity to study Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Polarity Therapy alongside my parents, John and Anna Chitty, who co-direct the Colorado School of Energy Studies. I am currently expanding my knowledge by studying Rolfing, a comprehensive approach to body re-organization, at the Rolf Institute. I blend these modalities into private practice for clients seeking relaxation and relief from injuries and trauma. Currently, I am collaborating with Holly Johnston to facilitate workshops that utilize dance and biodynamic principles to empower dancers and others through movement.
In 2014-2015, I participated in ZiRu Dance's Individual Cultural Exchange Program, DIVE, where I studied Mandarin, trained with the dancers of LDTX/Beijing Dance, and taught a variety of classes and workshops, both in Beijing as well as in Taiyuan, Shanxi and Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu. During this time, I dove headlong into finding my way in China - with both many successes and failures. Modern dance offered a shared language to connect with people as my words were still failing me in a foreign world. I am increasingly curious about finding continual inroads to mutual understanding between East and West (more specifically China and the US), and I currently work with ZiRu Dance to find creative ways to use contemporary dance as a liason.
When I'm not pursuing any of the aforementioned things, I'm probably reading, gardening, baking vegan cookies, studying Panjabi, cooking Indian food or trying to stop and smell the roses for a second.