ABOUT CONSTANCE

Constance is a New Jersey native with a deep love for go-go dancing and nightlife culture. She has over 20 years of combined experience in a variety of dance genres ranging from Modern, Middle Eastern forms, and vernacular dances based in Africanist aesthetics. Her professional career began as a chorus dancer for Jillina Carlano’s Belly Dance Evolution. Dancing with the company connected her with an array of talented artists that inspired her keenness towards improvisation and finding power in simplicity and subtleness. This inspiration and her love for music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s eventually led her to becoming a featured Trestle Special at the Philadelphia-based whiskey and go-go bar, The Trestle Inn. Since then, she has worked as a dancer in Atlantic City nightlife, collaborated with the live house band, Worldtown Soundsystem, and is a featured dancer at Denver’s most exciting monthly soul party, Mile High Soul Club. Go-go dancing has been an incomparable source of empowerment and catharsis for Constance and she hopes to share that magic as much as she can with others through performance, lecture, and teaching.

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PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE


Mile High Soul Club, Denver, CO December 2018-Present​

  • Featured dancer at monthly, all vinyl soul party.

Worldtown Soundsystem, Various Locations, April 2018-Present​

  • Featured dancer for high energy live house music band.

Rin Ajna’s Myriad Project, Various Locations, August 2016-Present

  • Member of emerging fusion dance choreographer and performer, Rin Ajna’s, company. Perform primarily at belly/fusion dance festivals and productions.

Be. Coming MovementTrenton, NJ April 2016-Present

  • Co-director and choreographer for emerging contemporary dance company. Perform primarily at showcases and performance series in Philadelphia. Some of which include the Koresh Artist Showcase, ETC Performance Series, the Dance Diversity Tour, and A Choreographer’s Vision: Intimate Revelations Featuring April Rose.

The Trestle InnPhiladelphia, PA February 2016-Present

  • Resident dancer for Philly’s premiere whiskey and Mod Go-Go bar/nightclub. Performs throughout the month to classic Soul, Funk, Disco, and Salsa from the 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Belly Dance Evolution, Various Locations, September 2014 and January 2015

  • Chosen by renowned Artistic Director of Belly Dance Evolution, Jillina Carlano, to dance as a chorus member for her production of Alice in Wonderland.

  • Participated in two tours with noted performances at the Rialto (Atlanta, GA), The Birchmere (Alexandria, VA),  and The Regent Theatre (Arlington, MA).

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RESEARCH 

“The More You Give, the More You Receive”: Identity Construction and Community Building in

Chicago Style Steppin’ (2013)

● Received funding from Dickinson College’s Community Studies Center Grant to complete

research for my Anthropology Senior Colloquium project on the Chicago Style Steppin’ dance

communities.