Research Summary

Performance as an avenue for healing emotional/psychological trauma and the relationship between physical expression and one’s emotional anatomy. Thesis research published, "Becoming Incredible: Healing Trauma through Performance," (2015) relating to research interests, both theoretical and creative.

Education

  • Master of Fine Arts, Department of Modern Dance, University of Utah. Project: "Becoming Incredible: Healing Trauma through Performance."
  • Personal Training Certification, Fitness, National Academy of Sports Medicine
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Modern Dance, University of Utah
  • Pilates Certification, Pilates, PhysicalMind Institute

Biography

Molly is a dance artist based in Salt Lake City. Her movement research investigates performance as a healing practice and the relationship between physical expression and emotion. Her research is conducted as a solo practice, along side others in choreographic projects and it is interwoven into her pedagogical beliefs.

This is Molly’s second year as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Dance at the University of Utah as well as adjunct faculty at Westminster College. She has also been on faculty at SUNY New Paltz (NY) and Dance New Amsterdam (NYC) and has taught for: Utah Valley University, Middlebury College, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Creighton University (Omaha, NE), SaltDanceFest (University of Utah), Ririe-Woodbury’s 2014-2016 Professional Intensive (SLC), Boise State University and Balance Dance Company (Boise, ID).

Molly’s choreographic work has also been presented in venues such as: Kingsbury Hall for TEDx SaltLakeCity, Gowanus Art + Production (NYC), Danspace Project at St. Marks Church (NYC), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), Green Space (NYC), 2010 DUMBO Dance Festival (Brooklyn, NY), The Mahaney Center for the Arts (Middlebury College, VT), Balance Dance Company (Boise, ID), Boise State University, Westminster College (SLC), Sugar Space Studio for the Arts (SLC) and the Ladies’ Literary Club (SLC).

Molly holds certifications in Pilates and Reiki and is co-owner of SLC’s loose-leaf teahouse, the Tea Grotto. Currently, Molly is creating a new dance work, “very vary,” for the Eccles Regent Theater (SLC) that will premiere May 2017.