Babies, travel, and my own community have kept me from bringing a crew of dancers to the Vermont State Dance Festival the past few years (see my post about a 2008 trip here), but on November 23rd I strapped the newest babe in her carseat, picked up fellow teacher Dana, and made the trek up to the Lyndon Institute to meet the carpools of Dance Factory students ready for a Saturday filled with dancing. The result was a day full of inspiration, bonding, and compassion.Read More
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One of the fun challenges of dance is learning to combine movement to create longer dance phrases that you can repeat with ease and start to play with as an artist. I find that many of us, regardless of experience, are working to improve memorizing movement as well as interpreting it texturally. I find myself drawn to warm-ups that encourage my students not only to engage their bodies in movement that creates heat but also plays with their movement curiosity without immobilizing them.Read More
I scrambled to find some snazzy tights Thursday afternoon as I was getting ready to go teach. My afternoon studio classes were still on and although I had welcomes students who were able to come dance on Halloween to wear costumes, I found myself with little energy to pull together something for myself (teaching with a baby strapped to your chest can be a costume, yes?). But a pair of neon-striped tights did wonders for my mood as I made my way to the studio in the rain.Read More