I am Associate Professor of Dance at York University (Toronto) although my PhD was awarded by a music department (Edinburgh University) and I did my MA in Popular Culture and a BA (Honours) in Film Studies. All the way through my graduate studies I was researching breaking, the original dance of hip-hop culture. My first academic appointment was as Lecturer at the University of East London where I taught for two years while finishing my dissertation before heading back to Canada in 2011 to begin my current job. (I am on sabbatical for the academic year 2017-2018).
Recently, I co-edited Movies, Moves and Music: The Sonic World of Dance Films (2016). I also have chapters in The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music (2015), The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen (2014), and Ageing and Youth Cultures: Music, Style and Identity (2012).
My current academic projects include a collaborative book project with Ken Swift, one of the most influential b-boys on the planet, and I am co-editing The [Oxford] Handbook of Hip-Hop Dance Studies (forthcoming) that includes chapters by dance practitioners as well as academics. I am currently the North American Chair of PoP Moves, a research group that began in the UK devoted to the study of popular dance that I helped to co-found, and I have recently joined the editorial board of the IASPM journal.
As a b-girl, I am a member of KeepRockinYou, a community-focused arts collective that has organized five seasons of the Toronto B-Girl Movement, an educational program for the empowerment of females in hip-hop culture.