Self PortraitThe nature of Amelia’s creative process is to engage, through the body, with intuition, the subconscious, & spirit. Amelia uses dance as a medium for self-knowledge, inquiry & connection. Performance is a vehicle for currency, communion, dialogue & the movement of energy. Through imagination, embodied experience, and dialogue with the natural & supernatural, her choreographed and improvised works cultivate a deeper level of reflection and reorganization. Her pieces are rich with imagery, subtlety, absurd humor, and mystery.

To perform, is to share the experience of being present and surrendered in the flow of love and creative life force. It is to receive and redirect this energy to those around oneself without ego. Dance is medicine, it is soul work, it is ceremony, regardless of what it looks like.

Amelia enjoys facilitating creative and observational processes that bring others into deeper contact with themselves. See Classes for schedule.


Photo by Tim SummersThough a Seattle artist for 25 years, Amelia has recently moved back to Michigan. She has enjoyed creating, performing, and improvising as a soloist and in collaboration with many esteemed artists. Amelia was a founding member of Foot In Mouth, in collaboration with choreographer Alice De Muizon, and composers Ivory Smith and Eryn Young. Their work was presented by On the Boards, the Hugo House, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (TBA Festival). Amelia has been privileged to perform her solo dances locally at On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, and PICA’s TBA Festival among a few and for national audiences in Philadelphia, NYC, San Francisco, and Minneapolis. In 2009, Amelia won the Joyce Theaterʼs A.W.A.R.D. Show! This assisted her in the creation and production of this is a forgery. This piece was performed in various versions at On the Boards, Erickson Theater, and at The Joyce SOHO and she toured it nationally as a 2011 SCUBA Artist.

She has previously collaborated with artists Peggy Piacenza and Gaelen Hanson in Deborah Hay’s “Mountain” and “Leap: Dreaming the Sacred Through Traditional and Contemporary Forms of Dance”, a project spearheaded by Peggy in Cambodia. More recently, Amelia has performed in “The Event” choreographed by Peggy Piacenza. Of Deborah Hay’s work, Amelia has performed 2 solos (Music, Beauty), a trio (Mountain) and 2 adaptations (Music, Peak and Draft). For the better part of 2008 and into 2009, Amelia performed Deborah’s If I Sing To You in Germany, France, Finland, Netherlands, Australia, and Sweden. She also had the pleasure of performing in Pat Graney’s Vivian Girls for national audiences.

In 2010 and 2012, Amelia was a Resident at Velocity and P:SA. Her work as been graciously supported by many wonderful individuals, from City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, smART Ventures, Centrum, Artist Trust, 2006 Artist Trust Fellowship, Velocity Dance Center, and Studio Current. She is a managing member of Open Flight Studio in Seattle. Amelia is currently focused on sharing through teaching and facilitating creative processes with others.


See Amelia’s Curriculum Vitae.