…and am i overwhelmed by the opportunities this season has brought with it!

First up, NEXT WEEK I am presenting my Master’s Thesis Concert, an evening-length dance-theatre piece titled, Like a Unicorn in Captivity. The piece is a response to and an interpretation of the writing of author and aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and a sort of “danced-memior” in which I search for meaning in my own life in and through AML’s work. It is definitely the largest, most complex, and most personal work I have choreographed to date, and I am absolutely thrilled to have the chance to share it with audiences at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland.  The performance features UMD dancers Ellen Clark, Emilie Davignon, Unissa Cruse-Ferguson, and Ebony McSwain, additional choreography by my amazing teacher and mentor Trinette Singleton, music by cellist and composer Natalie Spehar, set design by Douglas Clarke, costumes by Chelsey Schuller, lighting by Andrew Cissna, and projection by Rob Denton. If you are in the DC area, I hope you can make it! More info here: http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/events/2012/shared-mfa-thesis-concert-dooling-and-feng#quicktabs-event_tabs=0

Two days after the show, I will be heading to sunny Southern California to present a poster at the National Dance Education Organizations’s 2012 Annual Conference.  I will be talking about my work with recreational ballet students at New Chicago Dance Studio, using play as a pathway to incoporate Higher Order Critical Thinking Skills into my ballet classes. I am so excited to spend a week enjoying the weather, visiting my brother (who lives in Pasadena), and engaging with amazing dance educators from around the country!

New Street Dance Group is getting ready for a season full of exciting collaborations and performances, including shows in Bethlehem, PA, Cheverly, MD, College Park, MD, and a collaboration with DC-based music ensemble All Points West. Additionally, I will be working with APW cellist Jonathan Cain and UMD Doctoral Candidate and pianist Yee Von Ng on a piece for Ng’s doctoral recital in December.  More info on all of these events will be posted soon!

Adding to all of those wonderful opportunities, classes are in full swing at UMD, The Art and Learning Center, and New Chicago Dance Studio! I have been working on some new teaching methods and class activities that I will be sharing in this blog as well.

I hope you all are having a happy fall, full of sweaters, pumpkin-flavored things, and apple cider!