What got you into cosplay?
I've always loved getting dressed up. When I was little I used to wear my Halloween and dance costumes for everyday. I'm surprised it took me this long to combine my love for anime and video games with my passion for make-believe.
What was your first costume and why?
Tira...cause she's green ( which is my favorite color). Also I felt that is would be a good beginner costume cause the outfit itself is very torn. I figured if I messed up it wouldn't be as noticiable.
What is your favorite costume and why?
Princess Tutu because it connected my new passion for sewing and my forever love of dance.
Do you have a dream costume you'd like to make?
One day I will make my Unico costume :)
Do you participate in masquerades?
Yes and it usually involves some sort of dance thing cause I want to inspire others to want to dance
What was your best masquerade experience?
My first masquerade. I decided to dance on point to Flight of the Bumble Bee in my Queen Bee costume. It was the first time I had danced on stage in six years!! My mom came to the con just to see me and it actually made her cry.
Have you won any awards for your costumes?
Yes...best beginner for Tira Katsu 2006, best in Novice Class for Queen Bee skit Katsu 2006, best in novice class Last Unicorn Skit Balticon 2006, best in show diamond fairy skit historic div. masquerade costumecon 2009, best in show cats skit balticon 2009, best performance in masters class steam punk coppelia skit balticon 2010, best craftsmanship in the masters division AnimeNEXT 2010.
Tell us a little about yourself
In 2008 I graduated as a Dance Therapy major at Goucher College. I currently work part time as a dance instructor at 6 different studios around Maryland. I also choreograph and direct for major productions at 2 of the studios. I recently finished outfitting 70 costumes for our production of the Nutcracker. I am looking forward to our Spring production of Finding Nemo. I'm married and have two dogs and two cats. I love animals and sometimes volunteer at the humane society. I like to run long distances and rock climb. I used to study Tae Kwon Do and would like to learn a new martial art once I graduate. But above everything else...I love to dance!!!
My favorite anime
Anything by Miyazaki, Unico, Record of Lodoss War, Evangelion, Cowboy Beebop, Hellsing, Trigun, Wolf's Rain, and Witch Hunter Robin.
My favorite game(s)
FF3 or 6, Chrono Trigger, Disgaea, La Pucelle, Rhapsody, Phantom Brave, Tekken, Darkstalkers, Soul Calibur, Puzzle Fighter, Bubble Bobble, and Kirby.
My favorite book(s)
Anything by Neil Gaiman (Stardust in particular), Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, Hithchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, All the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Lord of the Rings by Tolkien and Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice.