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Finding Light - Cosmo Dancers Style

Finding Light - Cosmo Dancers Style

Depressing news calls for reminders of all the light and love that surrounds us. These dancers never fail to lift my spirits with their ability to rise above, work hard, be good and inspire kindness. Springfield, the town where a majority of my teaching is based and where these Varsity athletes rock out in fierce dance team style, suffered from a shooting death this weekend so close to the high school these kids spend their days in. The community lost a man, children lost a dad, and questions of why and where this violence is coming from are all around. 

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Students as Dance-makers

Students as Dance-makers

There is an expectation in dance, as in many fields, that the teacher’s expertise takes priority over the creativity and innate knowledge of the student dancers. Although I’m grateful for the training and understanding that comes with maturing in a field, I’m always inspired and challenged by voices other than my own and strongly believe that we should be encouraging not just technique but also dance-making in our classes.

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Space for Intentions

Space for Intentions

The studio floor was covered with sequins this morning as Ally, Thomasena and I swept with our indulgent improvisations. These bright bursts on the gray floor were sweet reminders of the every day glitter that keeps us energized and curious. The little silver and blue dots are most likely remnants from tutus belonging to 4 and 5 year olds, but this morning they were drops of inspiration to keep us rising and falling to a Saturday morning pulse. 

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