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
Life with a mobile ten month old and a freelance dance career rarely slows down, but the last few weeks have been exceptionally whirlwind-esque. Just about a month ago, I learned that my grandmother had experienced a sudden illness. Within a few days my son and I were on a plane back home to the … More The #MonthlyMessage: Don’t be afraid of stillness
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
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
The beginning of a new dance, for me, is always a little bittersweet. There is lots of joy, for being able to do what I love, and bring ideas and emotions to life in a meaningful way. There is also gratitude, for the healthy body and mind that allow me to live a creative life, … More Does the world really need my choreography?
For most of my career I have avoided solo work. I hated doing my own choreography, largely because it made me feel too vulnerable. My dances are personal, and I have always loved having the choreographic process as an artistic outlet through which I can express secret desires, heartaches, and anxieties. However, I always relied … More Not Alone: Vulnerability and the Collaborative Solo
Back in May, I was sitting in my office at the University of Maryland College Park talking with my friend and fellow dancer Elizabeth Barton. We had recently finished our first choreographic collaboration, a piece called Altared that had premiered at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Eager to get to work on our next project, … More Choreography: The Arts of Bringing an Idea to Life