“Hard Times Require Furious Dancing”: A Reflection on Right Now

I have been juggling emotions and grappling with words since learning of the events in Charlottesville last weekend. It feels so far away, so foreign, so completely unbelievable. How, in 2017, is this happening? I realize that even this reaction reveals my privilege: I have lived a life largely untouched by racism. I can only … More “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing”: A Reflection on Right Now

Everyday Advocacy

My last blog post focused on the “doom and gloom” of the impending dismantling of the National Endowment for the Arts. But I am not a doom and gloom person. I refuse to be. I believe in optimism, in faith, and in the power of community to overcome. So in this post, I offer some … More Everyday Advocacy

2017

I am a sucker for new beginnings. Growing up, every September offered a desperately-welcomed chance to reinvent myself in the eyes of my peers. The start of summer dance intensives marked a time to renew my commitment to the art of ballet and the pursuit of it’s perfection. Seasonal changes continue to offer the chance to … More 2017

2015: The Year I Stop Glorifying Busy

The holidays are, if nothing else, an excellent chance to practice your small talk. At annual get togethers with friends, family, family friends, and the like, the usual opening question goes something like, “So….How’ve you been?” Not a terribly original questions, and not one that is particularly easy to answer casually over cocktails, either. There … More 2015: The Year I Stop Glorifying Busy

In the Middle of Something Great: Using Collaborative Dance to Engage Middle School Students

A few weeks ago, I had the great privilege of attending and presenting at the 2014 National Dance Education Organization Annual Conference, held in Chicago. I spent an amazing few days attending sessions on dance and neuroscience, eurhythmics, Language of Dance, dance archeology, and more.  Personal highlights included demonstrating for a ballet class led by … More In the Middle of Something Great: Using Collaborative Dance to Engage Middle School Students