There is this dreamy idea that we separate parenthood from other work and that we can figure out how to be "on" in different ways in different spaces. Those of us who attempt to pay the bills with our creativity are encouraged to make space and time for solo-making. Those of us who teach are encouraged to make that alone time to prep and prepare. And while I value and am refreshed by an empty, quiet studio and a blank notebook, many of my choreography sessions are with the kids underfoot, me ignoring and refocusing again and again.Read More
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I have been keeping "morning pages" a la Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way the past month. I am grateful to spew without intention in my hazy early mornings This practice emerged from a desire to make space to create - a meditation of sorts for a mind that has had trouble finding enough stillness to listen - and has followed me into the dance studio.Read More
The Springfield High School students I work with have a community service requirement in order to graduate from high school, which serves them well by encouraging them to engage with the community at large and to see education as something beyond the classroom. One of the challenges of this requirement is fully engaging students in their efforts, seeing it not just as a requirement but an opportunity to engage more deeply with giving, learning, and receiving. Community service has the potential to serve multiple purposes and meaningful service acknowledges the abilities of the person engaging with the work.Read More