What Moves Me? Old trails, new adventures, songs that resonate with a moment in time, the desire to push myself, a good pair of shoes, helping students take pride in themselves, mountain air, celebrating life
Ariel is a home-grown Anchorage-ite who started her dance journey by twirling around the living room with her sisters to the Go-Gos greatest hits album. She started formal training at a young age with Alaska Dance Theater, taking classes in ballet, modern, and jazz. She continued her dance training at East High School as a member of Dance Contempo, and continued her relationship with the company throughout her undergraduate years as a guest choreographer. During her undergraduate career, Ariel was a member and president of the Dance Theatre Group at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. She was selected to perform at the 92nd Street Y in New York City in 2011 alongside Dickinson faculty Sarah Skaggs and Dawn Springer. In 2008 and 2011 she attended and performed at the American College Dance Festival and was awarded the Weiss Prize in the Creative Arts in 2011 through Dickinson College. In Spring 2013 she attended a training workshop with Project Bandaloop in Oakland, California to "learn the ropes" of vertical dance. She has performed in several site-specific performances with The Light Brigade, most recently as an aerial dancer in Over, Beyond, Across, Through, which took place on the side of the Anchorage Museum in September 2013. While pursuing her Master's Degree in secondary education, she served as the assistant director of East High School's Dance Contempo under the direction of Lucia Wooley. In 2015, Ariel was hired as the full-time dance instructor at East High School and director of Dance Contempo. Prior to joining the staff at East High, Ariel taught Alaska Dance Theatre and Alaska Theatre of Youth. If she's not dancing in some way, shape, or form, Ariel can most likely be found bopping around the beautiful Alaskan landscape.
Ariel has been with Momentum Dance Collective since fall 2011 and has performed in numerous stage, site-specific, large and small productions, and has represented the collective by teaching in local schools during Momentum Dance Collective artist residencies. She became one of the directors of Momentum Dance Collective in Spring 2014 and looks forward to many years of friendship, fun, and dance with the Momos.