Teaching and making work in the Philadelphia area, Denise has taught of variety of theory, performance and seminar courses in the School of Dance at the University of the Arts, where she also served as Assistant to Director, Academic Advisor and Rehearsal Director.
Denise graduated from the University of North Carolina with an MFA in Choreography and received an award for outstanding teaching in 2012. For six years, she worked in arts administration and taught Master Classes at The Ailey School. In addition, Denise choreographed on students enrolled in the Ailey School's Summer Intensive program. In 2012, Denise presented a work at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. at the National College Dance Festival and received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography from Dance Magazine and ACDFA.
As a performer, Denise has worked with Jan Van Dyke, Deborah Damast, Elizabeth Auclair, Duane Cyrus, Douglas Dunn, Nancy Allison, Kriota Willberg and was a member of IsadoraNow, a dance company dedicated to the legacy of Isadora Duncan.
In 2017, Denise presented a new work, Partial Collaborations, in the 2017 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She received a Library Research Award through Barnard College and began a research and creative project utilizing the dance archives at Barnard Library. Most recently, Denise was a guest artist at West Chester University and High Point University. In the fall, she presented aspects of her current research at the 2020 NDEO conference.