A friend recently encouraged Sean and I to consider the role "thank you" plays in our personal, professional, and parenting lives. He was questioning its possible overuse in different environments and what it means to offer gratitude without sincerity or for expected acts (such as, this is my job, you don't have to thank me) and challenging us to consider how and why we use "thank you" in our lives. I have found myself coming back to this conversation especially when it comes to considering my own expectations for my children offering gratitude and its relation to my teaching practice in dance. Read More
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My latest post over at Harvard's Arts in Education Continuing the Conversation blog is all about how to creatively fund arts programming. Please come join us as we discuss the many issues facing quality and accessible arts programing for diverse and growing populations. We need many voices.Read More
Build-a-phrase is a dance version of group storytelling. Many of us have experienced the build-a-story activity where a group sits in a circle and the first person shares the first word of the story while the second shares the second word and you continue around the circle until your story feels complete. Instead of using words in this activity, participants use movements. One by one, each dancer is able to contribute a movement to the dance, creating a group dance that encourages listening, empathy, play, and collaboration.