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DANCE: Energy Warm-Up

We're entering recital zone at the studio where the push to learn choreography and perfect performance becomes the first priority. I need a quick warm-up that brings some heat to the body while encouraging my dancers to focus. This warm-up was first introduced to me when I was a student at Hampshire College by a dance diva named Cathy Nicoli. She is a woman who breathes power and heart and when I found myself bouncing around in a circle with her and my classmates, I couldn't help but feel wired and inspired. I think you and your students will love this mini-warm-up. 

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Dance Team

Dance Team

The bus is humming with the buzz of adolescents high on pizza post-performance, even though it’s late, the light has been gone for hours, and we are all tired. You see, this is life. These wide eyes are are young and beaming with joy that comes from experiencing something fully, whether it be new or a repeat of something that holds dear sentimental value. There is gossip, claiming of one’s place, and observing. These are teenagers who are here in this moment, awake to each other. 

 

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Loving Parenthood

Loving Parenthood

I was enjoying a rare Saturday morning out with two of my favorite women, Leona-babe in tow, sipping wickedly good hot chocolate when a friend-of-my-friend stopped by to say hello. Her twin five year old boys were advocating for their own chocolate stash and her twelve year old daughter, cup in hand, wandered the store in tall boots, looking elegant and mature. It came out that she had a nineteen year old as well and I laughed asking her how and why she managed to keep going with more kids after she had survived the era of diapers. She smiled and said, "As crazy as it sounds, I actually love this thing called parenthood." 

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