I was born and raised in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. I lived in Indonesia for the first 25 years of my live. As a Javanese, I learned classical Javanese dances since I was 6 years old and I still do it until now. Through the dance I maintained my connection with Javanese culture and identity. Yet I also want to share this culture with others through my performance, courses and research. I have taught several study abroad courses to Indonesia, including those focusing on performing arts in Java and Bali. Through these courses I have opportunities to not only share my experience and perspectives but also to invite students to come to the country to directly experience the diverse Indonesian cultural elements. I strive to serve as a cultural bridge to increase awareness and decrease misleading assumptions of others and Warren Wilson has given me the opportunity to do this.