I enjoy using warm-ups that encourage a sense of creativity and movement ownership while allowing enough structure to hold the more insecure dancers in every group. Rotating follow-the-leader allows everyone the opportunity to be a leader and a follower and gives each person control of the length of time that they lead.Read More
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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
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