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
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 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