The home arts were important to me

At 17 I modeled at the Grand Opening of the Portland Lloyd Center Mall, the very year that Nordstrom shoes store merged with Best fashion retailer. The uncles knew what they were doing. Shortly after, I moved to Utah to study dance under Willam Christensen at the University of Utah. My very first semester I tore tendons and ligaments away from my knee cap. That ended my dream—but by then I loved this beautiful mountain land called Utah and I wanted to stay in the sunshine all year ‘round.