Dana began her investigation of dance at New York University’s Experimental Theater Wing, where she studied under Annie B Parsons, Tamar Rogoff and Wendell Beavers. She also had the good fortune of working with Ellen Stewart (aka: Mama).
The discovery process continued when she began dancing and farming in Japan with Min Tanaka. From 1997-2002, she danced in many performances and diverse venues under his direction and learned how to grow food.
She joined inkBoat in 2005.
Dana’s research in the intersection between dance and the natural world that was kindled during her time with Tanaka has become the driving force behind her explorations. She co-teaches the annual “Dance on Land” workshop with Shinichi, and guest teachers (Sherwood Chen, Dohee Lee) on the Lost Coast of Humboldt County.