My Top 5 Creative and Performance Skills Your Students Should Strive For

This particular blog series – “My Top 5 Skills Your Students Should Know” – was inspired by a question posed in a dance teachers’ group on Facebook a while back: What are the 5 skills that you think are most important for your students to learn? As I’ve written in the past, I initially struggled … More My Top 5 Creative and Performance Skills Your Students Should Strive For

My Favorite Introduction Games for Dance Classes

The arrival of September officially marks the arrival of the back to school season. The start of a “new year” affords us the opportunity to create brand new communities in our classrooms and studios. So often, we are tempted to immediately jump into technique and choreography, but taking time for team-building exercises and community building … More My Favorite Introduction Games for Dance Classes

The #MonthlyMessage: Never Let Your Blessings Start to Feel Like Burdens

My son went through terrible sleeping stage recently. He’s never been a good sleeper, but  it at least felt like we were making progress for a while. Then, at 8.5 months, WHAM! We were back to 4+ night wakings, fighting bedtime, erratic naps, the whole deal. I know sleep regressions happen, but this one was … More The #MonthlyMessage: Never Let Your Blessings Start to Feel Like Burdens

Dance Improvisation Tips & Activities

Improvisation can have a vast array of benefits for dancers of all ages and skill levels. When students improvise, they: Discover how to apply technical concepts in new ways, helping them to more deeply understand and internalize their dance technique Develop self-awareness as they explore movement principles and ideas in ways that work best for … More Dance Improvisation Tips & Activities

ArtistMotherWife: Choreographing the Post-Partum Experience

ArtistMotherWife is an occasional series in which I will explore topics related to the intersection of marriage, motherhood, and maintaining one’s career in the arts.  Around 4:30am, I did the thing that all the pediatricians practically beg you not to do: I pulled the crying baby out of his pack and play, took him back to our … More ArtistMotherWife: Choreographing the Post-Partum Experience

15 Choreography Adventures for When You Need A Creative Challenge

Every choreographer feels “stuck” now and again. We all go through periods where inspiration fails to come, or when we struggle to find the motivation to even get into the studio. These times can feel devastating, especially for student or novice choreographers. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to always be “on” as … More 15 Choreography Adventures for When You Need A Creative Challenge